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Old Today, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Suppressing political dissent is the Chinese government's top priority, so a bloody crackdown is likely inevitable given the persistence of the protesters. Many Hong Kong people have already fled the country as a result of the Tiananmen Square massacre; I wonder how many more are packing their bags right now. The wealthy probably already have contingency plans.

Hopefully China will pay a price for crushing Hong Kong independence, but I suspect they will barely bat an eye.
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Old Today, 08:49 AM
 
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If there is an armed insurrection, that is the price of "war." Otherwise, the PRC isn't going to kill thousands of protesters for blocking an airport. The PRC may have behaved savagely in the past, but such is not going to happen here.
You're telling me that they wouldn't go in there, bust heads and then depict the protesters as terrorist operatives of say....the USA trying to foment unrest for leverage in the trade war?

Hell, they won't even admit to Tianamen and black out coverage of it's anniversaries...lmfao.
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Old Today, 08:51 AM
 
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So not enough people in Hong Kong are licensed to possess guns and why you would be opposed to require getting a license to own a gun in the USA?
Private gun ownership wouldn't stop an invasion of the U.S. by China. Nukes would though. The Chinese would scarcely be concerned about a few million casualties out of a country of 1.4 billion; we're still a resource-rich country and it would be worth the economic cost of a decades-long war. But they would be nervous about getting their government eradicated.
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Old Today, 08:51 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Ever notice people fighting oppression all over the world waive US flags and not Russian, Chinese, Canadian, or French flags? Just think of that.
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Old Today, 08:55 AM
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Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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You're telling me that they wouldn't go in there, bust heads and then depict the protesters as terrorist operatives of say....the USA trying to foment unrest for leverage in the trade war?

Hell, they won't even admit to Tianamen and black out coverage of it's anniversaries...lmfao.
That's the thing. There is no blacking out of coverage in Hong Kong. The world is watching. While part of China, Hong Kong still is way more "open" than any place in China would be.

As for using violence to disperse the protesters and remove them from the airport, yes they would do that (but that's different from a mass massacre of the unarmed), but so would every country in the world to include the United States.
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Old Today, 08:55 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Suppressing political dissent is the Chinese government's top priority, so a bloody crackdown is likely inevitable given the persistence of the protesters. Many Hong Kong people have already fled the country as a result of the Tiananmen Square massacre; I wonder how many more are packing their bags right now. The wealthy probably already have contingency plans.

Hopefully China will pay a price for crushing Hong Kong independence, but I suspect they will barely bat an eye.
The troops are a show of force hoping the protestors will back down. I doubt China wants to risk the international scrutiny of a military crackdown, especially since there are so many foreign citizens living in Hong Kong.
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