The boogaloo in HK continues to grow and grow and grow. So much has happened there over the last week that I would have to spam the website to show it all to you. The protestors willing to boog like 1776 are growing. Below is a screen shot I took from a video shared by a Hk friend on facebook of a group attacking a communist enforcer drone. One HK boog boy takes his baton and you can see another trying to snatch is sidearms from the holster.
After several weeks of peace in Hong Kong, tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets over the weekend and participated in an illegal march that led to hundreds of stores trashed, Chinese banks targeted, and several metro stations firebombed, reported Reuters.
At the start of the weekend, Hong Kong Police denied pro-democracy protestors the right to march through an upscale shopping district.
Then by Sunday, thousands of black-clothed protesters clashed with police, exchanging tear gas and petrol bombs that sent the city into chaos once more.
Protests firebombed the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on the Kowloon peninsula.
There were several other reports that protestors used petrol bombs and targeted metro stations in the city.
Protestors targeted hundreds of shops and even damaged Chinese banks.
This weekend’s violence is due to pro-democracy leader Jimmy Sham, who was attacked earlier in the week, which left him in critical condition in the hospital.
As protestors continue to battle police into the overnight, road barriers have been set on fire, and stores are being trashed in several Kowloon districts, said police.
Reuters spoke with a protestor who said the government is now denying demonstration permits to prevent demonstrations from growing in size.
“The government pretends we just want to destroy the city. We’ll be out for as long as it takes to let the world know it is them who are destroying it,” a demonstrator named Ray told Reuters.
Violent protests began over the summer when Hong Kong proposed a new law that would allow Beijing to extradited criminals to mainland China.
Hongkongers take pride in their legal system and personal freedoms, which is dramatically different than communist China.
China has shown in recent years that it seeks greater control over Hong Kong.
The extradition bill was scrapped in early September, but that hasn’t stopped violent demonstrations into fall.
Protesters view Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam as an agent of Beijing and will likely not stop protesting until she is removed from power.
And to make things more complicated in the days ahead, US lawmakers late last week sent a clear message to Beijing that it will support protestors via a new bill.
Populism is sweeping across the world, and a lot of this anger and frustration with young people is due to flawed monetary policy by central banks that have produced the widest wealth gap in the history of the world.
It’s only a matter of time before US millennials figure this out, they too will be marching in the streets once they know the truth as to why they only have a shitty gig-economy job, no savings, and insurmountable student debt.
BONUS BOOGALOO : SPANISH EL BOOGALOO !
Increasingly violent protests continue to rage in the Catalonia region of Spain, with unrest bringing Barcelona to a standstill for a second day, after some 500,000 pro-independence marchers converged on the city Friday from other towns and the countryside, following nearly a week of ongoing protests against Monday’s supreme court verdict sentencing at least nine Catalan independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years in prison.
Overnight Friday police used riot control measures, including water cannons and rubber bullets in attempts to disperse the large crowds, which according to the Associated Press were “throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of bonfires in large garbage bins.”
As the clearest sign of growing violence in the protests, state sources cited around 400 people injured by the end of this week of growing chaos in the streets, many of them police officers.
According to some estimates around 100 security personnel have suffered injuries; however, police were in a number of instances caught on video brutally beating demonstrators.
Friday’s riots were the worst since smaller protests began in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s court sentencing.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau made an urgent public appeal for calm: “This cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it,” she said on Saturday.
Some protest organizers have blamed ‘infiltrators’ who they say by and large have been responsible for upping the violence against police and acts of vandalism.
Catalan interior chief and police authority Miquel Buch told the AP, “The images of organized violence during the night in Barcelona have overshadowed the half a million people who demonstrated in a peaceful and civic manner to show they rejected the verdict.”
Barcelona’s streets looked like a ‘war zone’ into the weekend, with no sign that the unrest will let up.
It was announced by Madrid authorities on Friday that Spain’s civil guard had been deployed to Barcelona streets. The civil guard is essentially a militarized police force which has authority to deploy across the whole country.
Shocking footage showing increasingly aggressive tactics against activists by Spanish police appears to only be escalating the violent reactions among young people in the streets.
This dramatic move to give federal bolstering to the local police came after some 20 major roads in Barcelona were blocked by the sheer size of protesting crowds, and as local police couldn’t bring the unrest under control.
Multiple viral social media videos showed police in some cases beating protesters over the head with batons.
Home to about 7.5 million people, the wealthy and linguistically distinct Catalonia region has its own parliament, flag, and distinct history; however, Catalan nationalists have long complained Madrid over-taxes the region for the sake of Spain’s poorer regions and cities.
The region is responsible for up to a fifth of Spain’s gross domestic product, by far the biggest share, which has translated into its leaders long seeking greater autonomy from Madrid.