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Sound Familiar? Communists Transformed Hong Kong’s Elections And Called It ‘Democracy”

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and is an “inalienable part” of the country. Due to its special status, Hong Kong is able to exercise a high degree of autonomy and enjoy executive, legislative, and independent judicial power- that is until recently when the Chinese Communist Party reigned in the area after a populist uprising.
Now Hong Kong is under China’s control and the CCP is asserting it’s authority.
The world is getting an education into how Communists steal civil liberties and human rights and force their way into power. There is no better story to understand how Communists work worldwide in elections than this story about how they treated Hong Kong.
Key Point: The tactics you will read about below are very similar to the tactics that Democrats -Communists in the United States use- see if you can spot them.
“In a very long period in the past, Hong Kong blindly chased after the formality of Western democracy. In reality, it has brought not real democracy to Hong Kong, but division, disorder in society and failing administration: Hong Kong residents never truly enjoyed authentic democracy,” a White Paper by the Communist Party read about the latest election in Hong Kong.
Key Point: What is China’s governance system? It is all of these: Republic, Unitary state, Socialist state, Communist state, One-party state.  Consider how that changes elections.

“Western allies condemned Hong Kong’s “patriots only” legislature vote on Monday, saying new rules imposed by Beijing that reduced directly elected seats and controlled who could stand had “eliminated” opposition.

China has overseen a sweeping crackdown in Hong Kong in response to huge and often violent democracy protests two years ago.

It imposed a national security law that criminalised much dissent and introduced political rules that vet the loyalty of anyone standing for office.

The first public vote under this new order was held on Sunday for the city’s legislature, with a historic low turnout recorded and the number of those directly elected slashed from half to 22 percent.

Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand rebuked the new system in a coordinated joint statement.

“These changes eliminated any meaningful political opposition,” the five allies said.

“We also remain gravely concerned at the wider chilling effect of the National Security Law and the growing restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, which are being felt across civil society,” they added.

‘Can’t copy West’

China called on Hong Kongers to embrace the new rules that they say will restore stability and root out disruptive “anti-China” elements for good.

But figures showed just 30 percent of the electorate cast ballots, the lowest rate both of the period since the city’s 1997 handover to China and the British colonial era.

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam defended the new system and brushed off the low turnout.

“Hong Kong is now back on the right track,” she told reporters.

Think about this- from the AP

Stacey Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia’s governor.

Senators including Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock, Abrams’ close ally, have been arguing in recent days that the Senate must try again on federal voting standards, despite earlier setbacks.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Abrams said senators need to override Republican opposition to new federal voting guarantees by weakening the legislation-blocking filibuster to allow the Democrats’ bare majority to pass new rules. Otherwise, Abrams said, more Republican-dominated state legislatures nationwide will adopt voting restrictions like Georgia did this year.

After reading that are you thinking about the changes to elections that the Democrats are pushing for?
Hong Kong Free Press posted a statement from the US condemning China over their election practices in Hong Kong.

JUST IN: A statement from the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and US condemns the “patriots only” polls in #HongKong

Hong Kong Free Press reported more: 

“China claimed credit on Monday for developing democracy in Hong Kong’s in a white paper issued hours after the city’s first Legislative Council election under a Beijing-decreed system produced a record low turnout and just one non-establishment member.

The “improved” electoral system provided “advantageous conditions” for the ultimate goal of implementing universal suffrage, according to Beijing’s white paper published after the city’s first “patriots-only” legislative race.”

The policy document said China’s Communist Party “has championed whole-process people’s democracy in China, and this has laid the groundwork for developing democracy in Hong Kong under the framework of One Country, Two Systems.”

The white paper was published by the State Council’s Information Office.

Sunday’s election, it said, was characterized by “wide representation,” “political inclusiveness,” “balanced participation,” and a “fair competition.”

Hopefully, American voters will take heed and register to vote, know where they are supposed to vote, make a plan to vote and take others with them to go vote- because the truth is that the United States is not that far away from being the next Hong Kong.
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