Friday, August 23, 2019

Hong Kong People Never Give Up

Hong Kong people refuse to give up! Considering all the circumstances, their continued dedication to the course of non-violent protest is remarkable and inspiring.

We are in the midst of the 30th anniversary of the series of events that led to the liberation of Eastern Europe, the melting away of the "Iron Curtain," and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.

I remember well these events (including the "Baltic Way" action of August 23, 1989, which inspired this most recent gesture by Hong Kong demonstrators).

The results of 1989 in Europe seemed impossible ... until they happened.

Hong Kong's young people are seeking "the impossible" today.

I can't imagine how they might prevail against the immense political iron fist of China's "Partystate," but this amazing Summer of 2019 may be one step in a long struggle that may yet contain many surprises. Even apparent defeats may lay the foundations for a better future. It is often thus in history.

For now, the Hong Kong demonstrators (with some exceptions among fringe elements) appear intent on an intelligent, persistent, non-violent approach. From what I can see, there are various groups with diverse views collaborating in the protests. 

They will need heroic patience. At best, they probably are facing a long period of resistance, which is likely to become more difficult, less popular, and more lonely before a breakthrough appears.

Through it all, they must hold fast to their one ineradicable advantage: their humanity. The greatest challenge of non-violence is to persevere even when all seems lost.

Dear Hong Kong people, persevere!