Tears for Hong Kong

What a sad day for freedom when the splendor of Hong Kong with its open society and free market enterprise was forced into the CCP’s portfolio of oppression. To make it worse, it happened on 7/1 – the anniversary of when the UK turned her over to China who allowed it a good amount of autonomy and a day to protest any CCP encroachment. Brad Johnson, former CIA Officer and Chief of Station, discusses this latest blow to the world and a warning about Taiwan’s future. Visit intelreform.org, Brad’s non-profit Americans for Intelligence Reform to learn more about threats to freedom.


so Brad Johnson July 2 2020
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it looks like China achieved their
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ambition of exerting total control over
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Hong Kong and it I haven’t really seen a
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lot of hard information about how they
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did it but they seem to have done it
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that’s the general opinion out there
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what do we know about that yeah a very
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interesting turn of events and I’m
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afraid it’s it’s the you know Bell is
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tolling for Hong Kong now it’s dead and
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gone as a free city and it’s it’s
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traditions of Treena prize and
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capitalism salon are now basically
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destroyed the what what happened was
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China has been since the very beginning
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since it was turned over to the Chinese
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control by the British have been slowly
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putting the squeeze dong Kong and
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exerting more and more and more control
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which has clearly accelerated in
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particularly the last say five or six
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years and now finally they they’ve been
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replacing the police and putting in
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actual Chinese police and troops and all
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of that and they changed the laws that
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went into effect July 1st July 1st is
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the anniversary of the date on which the
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UK turned Hong Kong over to the Chinese
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so it’s a significant date in both ways
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and it was a date where the Hong Kong
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people had big protests every July first
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out in the street to protest the fact
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that they had been turned over to China
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but it was not intend to believe the
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British hang on to it so it was deemed
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the safest thing to do but now they they
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implemented those new laws and the very
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first thing they did was they did two
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things they went out and did his sweep
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and picked up all the leaders of the
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resistance many of whom had already fled
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Hong Kong summer in Taiwan some of them
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in or in other places the UK has come
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out and said that they will accept
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thousands of refugees and many of these
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people who are going to be persecuted by
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the Chinese are going are going to be on
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that list to get these people out of
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Hong Kong
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and into the UK to provide some safety
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for them so they did that as I said they
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did those two things they did a sweep
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picked up a lot of the leadership when
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they were having the protest they went
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out and did
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we’re very heavy-handed you beat a few
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of them up and arrested 350 or 370 lat
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tradition on July 1st so there are
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people in Hong Kong still trying to you
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know protest and they’re going to be
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what little resistance will remain will
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be driven underground but you know the
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Communists are very good at their
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counter programs in order to dig out
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these people in their cells and so on so
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they’ve just got ruthless full control
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everything over everything they’re
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putting in the cameras to watch what
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everybody does everywhere with facial
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recognition and so on so it’s it’s
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exceptionally different difficult under
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a totalitarian regime to to be an
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effective resistance so they’re pretty
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well quashed at this point there I don’t
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know what’ll happen I’m sure there’s
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going to be more violence more arrests
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and these people treated very badly the
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Chinese will kill the months if that
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they can’t control or force to shut up
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so they’ll haul them back to China and
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they’ll never be heard from again
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end up in one of the concentration camps
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with the leaders or something but this
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is this is this is the end of Hong Kong
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it’s long tradition of being this
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independent City so very sad day for
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democracy and you know rights of the
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individual and freedoms and all of those
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it’s a sad day and make no mistake this
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is absolutely what China has in mind for
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Taiwan with Hong Kong out of the way
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they’re going to turn more of their
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attention towards Taiwan and all of
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these areas around China where they want
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to impose their communist dictatorship
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so this is the first step of many until
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somebody stops them yeah you know
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I really feel like we’re all victims of
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the limits of our own imagination here
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and it sure looks like Kovac makes more
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sense and a lot of other events that we
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see around us make more sense if you
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have a willingness to wage unrestricted
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warfare to achieve your strategic goals
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and I think people are been under
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estimating China for a long time myself
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included I wouldn’t be surprised and you
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and I have discussed Koba in relation to
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Hong Kong and as soon as Colette hit all
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the protests in Hong Kong just here now
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they just and everything so is that a
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coincidence I mean it’s possible like I
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would I tend to doubt coincidences in
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general and they’re so convenient for
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China but time will tell we’ll probably
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find out
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you
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