Policemen firing tear gas into a railroad station, firing rubber bullets into fleeing demonstrators at close range in a subway tunnel, beating people like crazy: These are pictures of Hong Kong's security forces' toughest and most dangerous confrontation with the democracy movement so far. Policemen who pretended to be protesters were said to have mixed into the crowd and arrested. Since the protests started in June, the authorities have arrested more than 600 people.
Touching is a photo that goes around on social media since Sunday. It shows a lying on the floor young woman bleeding from her right eye. According to protesters, she has been hit by a police bullet, her injured eye is said to have gone blind. Undoubtedly, there are those among the Hong Kong protesters who are prone to dangerous violence. According to police, security forces were bombed with incendiary devices in two cases on Sunday, according to which one official was injured. That must not be overlooked. But what is happening in the port city is a foretaste of authoritarianism from Beijing.
Many of the demonstrators are very young, they want to defend freedom, political as well as individual, for example freedom of expression and the press in the city. Their minimum requirement was that Hong Kong's prime minister, Carrie Lam, permanently withdraw a bill that would allow the Special Administrative Region to extradite suspects to China.
Mafia thugs help out
So far, this template is suspended - but actually the demonstrators demand Lams complete withdrawal. These protests have become broader in the past few weeks against the Hong Kong government and its police crackdown. A temporary highlight is the sit-in at the local airport, due to which all flights were canceled on Monday.
Many Hong Kong citizens are afraid of the authoritarian regime of the Chinese Communist Party and demand democratic reforms. For example, an electoral law that does not favor politicians close to Beijing in the first place. Or an official investigation of excessive police violence. It also means that now organized bats beat on protesters - without being prevented by the police. China experts believe that they come from the local mafia and are mobilized by Chinese Communist Party leaders.
The CP state is anti-democratic
What we see in Hong Kong today is a glimpse of what happens when you deal with the rulers in Beijing. Hong Kong authorities and police in the end are doing what China's rulers want them to do, and Sunday's violence indicates how the Communist Party is handling demonstrators. If the same thing happened in China on the mainland as it did in its Special Administrative Region, the security forces would strike harder and faster. No one has to make any illusions about that. The true face of the CP state is anti-democratic.
Regrettable is the restraint in the democratic part of the world. The Hong Kong democracy movement has received little public approval from the policies of these countries. In the case of Iran, for example, would we be so cautious when policemen in Tehran were trivializing democracy activists? Probably not. The UN Security Council would be involved and sanctions would be discussed. But the China of the Communist Party is handled with kid gloves, because it has become an economic colossus.
Hong Kong is therefore also an indication of how the future of all those states and societies, which in any way come under the curators of the authoritarian CCP of China. Beijing-friendly countries should consider how far they get involved with it.