New wave of Hong Kong protests bears unsettling resemblance to US-inspired color revolutions
Since 1997, Hong Kong's integration in China has been a relatively calm and uneventful process, but now a new wave of protests is spreading across the financial capital of China, bearing all the hallmarks of American-inspired "Color Revolutions". How will Beijing deal with a new threat?
The launching pad for a "Color Revolution" in Hong Kong is an illegal referendum, organized by the Occupy Central protest group. The referendum, outlawed by both Hong Kong and Chinese authorities, seeks to modify the city's constitution known as the Basic Law. The supporters of Occupy Central claim that they are seeking to restore democracy by stripping a bureaucratic committee of its exclusive right to nominate candidates for elections of the city's top leader.
However, the method chosen to promote these amendments looks like a perfect setup for a coup. The so-called referendum is not recognized by authorities and its results are unaudited, giving its organizers the opportunity to issue unverifiable claims about the numbers of participants and cast ballots. It is easy to foresee that authorities will not accept those claims as reasons to change the existing laws and this decision will result in widespread protests.
Occupy Central movement derives its name from its favorite strategy, namely blocking the Hong Kong's financial district and paralyzing the main business activity in the city. After the referendum, the protesters will have a new pretext for employing this strategy and it will surely result in clashes with the riot police.
This scenario looks eerily similar to the scenarios used in Egypt and in Ukraine. In Egypt, the focal point of the American-sponsored protests was the Tahrir square in Cairo. In Ukraine, the focal point was the Maidan square in Kiev.
In Hong Kong, the focal point will be the city's financial district. After the initial stage of the coup is set up, the next steps are simple. "Unidentified snipers" shoot some protesters and a couple of police officers, the resulting clash is presented by the mainstream media as "proof of governmental brutality" and then the angry mob is directed to storm the administrative buildings.
In order for the plan to work well, the US needs willing accomplices within the ranks of the local administration. Does Washington have such supporters in Hong Kong? We will soon find out.