Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” Fooling No One
Oct 11, 2014
|Image: Martin Lee was previously in Washington D.C. before an audience
at a talk organized by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
He is now a prominent co-organizer of street demonstrations he plotted with
his counterparts in Washington earlier this year.
October 11, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – China’s People’s Daily in an article titled, “Why is the US so keen on ‘Color Revolutions’?,” states what has become abundantly obvious over the past several weeks of protesting in Hong Kong – that the protests are driven by foreign interests masquerading as a “desire for democracy.” The article states specifically that:
According to media reports, Louisa Greve, a director of the National Endowment for Democracy of the US (NED), was already meeting with the key people from “Occupy Central” several months ago, to talk about the movement. Louisa Greve is the vicepresident of NED who is responsible for its Asia, Middle East and North Africa programs.For many years, her name has frequently appeared on reports about “Tibetanindependence”, “eastern Turkistan”, “democracy movement” and other forcesdestabilizing Chinese affairs and interfering with the Chinese government. She also hosted or participated in conferences about the “Arab spring” and the “Color Revolutions” of other regions.
The piece goes on to examine some of the more obvious signs of US political backing being lent openly to the “Occupy Central” movement and finally concludes with:
The US may enjoy the sweet taste of interfering in other countries’ internal affairs, but on the issue of Hong Kong it stands little chance of overcoming the determination of the Chinese government to maintain stability and prosperity.
It is clear that Beijing fully understands what is unfolding in Hong Kong, and further more, understands not only the US desire to meddle in China’s affairs, but its desire to take superficially “peaceful” rallies and use them to create social division, chaos, and even violence with them – especially by means of provoking an unwitting government into violence, or perpetrating staged violence and pinning it on the government. It is likely Beijing and the government in Hong Kong have already accounted for this and have taken appropriate measures to counter it.
The presence of such an overt accusation against the US for its role behind “Occupy Central” is in fact part of this counteraction. By understanding the subversion and accurately reporting on it for both China’s audiences as well as global audiences, raises questions “Occupy Central” supporters will have to answer – either through finding facts and either proving or disproving these accusations, or resorting to increasingly transparent, immature, and intellectually bankrupted means of defending what is otherwise indefensible foreign-backed sedition.
Beijing and Hong Kong’s government’s refusal to meet with what is increasingly exposed as an illegitimate demonstration led by compromised leaders is another sign that China will not play along with the “color revolution” model of destabilization. Rather than crack down or lend legitimacy to demonstrators by meeting with them, it appears authorities have decided instead to let the protests sit in the streets indefinitely, expending both their own resources, and the patience of the silent majority.
Without real popular support, the protests have no chance of succeeding, especially if they fail to portray themselves as victims and instead, increasingly appear to be provocateurs.