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Hong Kong Protests / 2019 attempted 'Black Revolution'


This is a public archive of information regarding the pro-democracy protests and riots that took place in Hong Kong starting in the summer of 2019. The purpose of this archive is to dispel the narratives of anti-Chinese media and organizations regarding these protests, and to expose the lies propagated by them, particularly regarding the reasons behind the protests, the alleged brutality of Hong Kong's police force against what are said to be wholly peaceful protests, and the scale of said protests. Each bullet point below represents a unique incident, pertaining to either the violence perpetrated by protestors, evidence of foreign interference, pro-China rallies, or any other incident that some individuals would rather keep quiet about.

The name of this page is a reference to the US-backed 'Orange revolution' in Ukraine in 2004, and a long string of American interference and coups in other countries since that have been nicknamed 'color revolutions'. As the articles and videos linked to this page show, there is plenty of evidence that some foreign power is supporting and fermenting the protests in Hong Kong.

This page is unanimously pro-China and does not pretend to be anything else; it is meant to serve as a voice for mainland China and to provide facts that are concealed or under-reported by media outlets that are biased against China. All sources of information are biased, and the only difference is that this page does not hide this fact. On the contrary, we encourage any individuals who want to seriously study the protests to listen to a variety of sources from many different perspectives before forming a concrete opinion, and to cross-reference any information with the opposite camp. This page is only meant to record facts that are systematically ignored by anti-Chinese media, and to deliver them as objectively as possible while excluding any personal opinions of the authors and contributors, with the aim that this resource will be only one of the many sources that viewers will listen to rather than blindly trusting a specific narrative.


When this archive was first written, we tried to host it on Github, only for it to be shut down within a day of its conception without any explanation. After this experience of Microsoft's interpretation of American "freedom of speech", this repository was moved to alternative hosting websites. We sincerely hope that Bitbucket will have more integrity and be politically neutral enough to uphold the basic principles of freedom of speech which are too rare in the modern world.

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Table of Contents


Background and Reasons behind the Protests

Around February 13, 2018, 19 year-old Chan Tung-kai murdered his pregnant girlfriend, 20 year-old Poon Hiu-wing, in a Taiwanese hotel. After dumping her body in a suitcase outside the hotel, Chan returned to Hong Kong where he admitted to the crime.

However, due to the 'One Country Two Systems' principle of the PRC, extradition from Hong Kong to other parts of China was prohibited, meaning that there was no legal way to punish Chan. This drove Hong Kong's authorities to pass a new bill, which which would remove the legal loophole of Hong Kong's special status which prevents the extradition of criminals to other parts of China, including the mainland. Other analysts speculate that the more important reason for the Fugitive Amendment Bill could be China's recent anti-corruption campaign - and that some of the protests are funded by corporate oligarchs who fear they might find themselves the target of anti-corruption crackdowns. The bill itself can be read here.

Most notably, the Fugitive Amendment Bill only allows extradition for crimes which are punishable by more than 3 years' imprisonment in Hong Kong, (later changed to 7 years), with only a list of specific crimes being subject to extradition requests, and clearly specifies that Hong Kong's courts would have the final say whether or not to proceed with any extradition request. The petition to push for the Fugitive Amendment Bill received over 700,000 signatures in less than two months, with each signature being given alongside the person's name and ID.

The first demonstrations against the bill took place on March 31, 2019, and included several thousand attendees. Several more demonstrations were held with the largest of these being the 16 June march where police very roughly estimated 240,000 attendees and the annual July 1 march, which saw an attendance of about 265,000 people according to facial recognition software. Protest demands grew to include: withdrawing the extradition bill, rescinding the characterization of the protests as 'riots', discharging all arrested protestors, launching an independent inquiry to crack down on police misconduct, and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. Although this should be an internal matter for China, many foreign politicians and whole governments, including Australia, Canada, Britain, Singapore, and other pro-western countries and NGO's have been extremely vocal in backing the protestors.

On July 9, 2019, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam officially declared the extradition bill 'dead', indicating that it would no longer pass and that there would be no extradition treaty, though pro-western media have repeatedly pointed out that the bill was not formally withdrawn. Regardless, this gesture did little to placate future protests.

On September 4, the extradition bill was fully withdrawn bringing an end to what was the initial cause for the protests. Despite this seemingly massive concession, mainstream media would still try to spin the story in a negative light, with unsubtle implications that they are mere scraps compared to the concessions that should be made.


Important Polls and Numbers


Violence and Disruption Committed by Protestors

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The purpose of this segment is not to portray the majority of protestors as violent or even disorderly - testimonies from locals and the escalation of violence as the scale of the protests diminish suggest that nearly all of the violence has been committed by an aggressive and fanatical minority. Rather, the goal is to prove the innocence of Hong Kong's police force in light of accusations of totalitarian brutality, and why, contrary to the narratives of mainstream media and pro-establishment politicians, their use of force is not merely justified but necessitated.

Use of IEDs and Other Explosives

This section covers the recorded use-cases of explosives which are more dangerous than ordinary petrol bombs, and could cause immediate and sudden death if detonated near a person.

Acid Attacks

This section covers known cases of individuals being attacked with confirmed acidic substances, which can lead to permanent disfigurement and mutilation, such as sulphuric acid.

Petrol Bombs and Arson used by Protestors

This section documents the many instances that we have found of rioters making bomb plots, throwing molotov cocktails, or using fire as a weapon. Most of these attacks are committed against police officers, but these instances are not mentioned again in the next section, as no incident is intentionally reported twice in this archive.

Protestors Attacking Police Officers

This section documents cases of violent attacks directed specifically against police and law enforcement personnel. It does not cover verbal threats regardless of how grevious they are, or any physical violence that was not intentionally started by protestors.

Assaults Against Journalists and Citizens

This section includes documented cases of non-law enforcement individuals being specifically targeted for assault. Most of these incidents are violent, and all but one is believed to have been initiated by the protestors. In all cases, the force applied by the protestors was vastly disproportionate and is evident of extreme mob mentality.

Vandalism

This section documents recorded cases of vandalism against public and private property, but does not include the siege of the Legislative Council building, which has its own section.

Illegal Detention Threats and Advocacy for Violence

This relatively short section documents known cases of illegal detention or extreme threats made on behalf of the protests.

Disruption of Traffic and Illegal Roadblocks

This section focuses on recorded instances of significant disruption of traffic or movement across the city made by protestors.

Assault on the Legislative Council Building

This incident, deemed significant enough to have its own section, documents incidents of vandalism and violence during the protestors' assaults on the Legislative Council (parliament) building of Hong Kong.

Shutting Down Hong Kong International Airport

Around August 12, 2019, protestors staged a sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport and blocked the departure and arrival areas, delaying thousands of passengers and eventually forcing all flights to stop. In many cases protestors have repeatedly apologized for their disruption, but still refuse to let anyone board any aircraft as travellers argue with them in vain.

This section does not cover the events surrounding the lynching of a Chinese journalist at the airport, as that story was already covered in previous sections.

Weapons Used by Rioters

This section documents various weapons seen being used by rioters. It is relatively short as it does not include incidents of assault or vandalism done with weapons, which were posted in previous sections.

Other Incidents

This section includes other displays of violence or disorder made by the protestors, ranging from less severe clashes to intimidation tactics, to infuriating, albeit not overly harmful, displays.


Foreign Meddling and Involvement in the Protests

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Political Funding from NGOs and Politicians

Meetings Held Between Pro-Independence Groups and Foreign Officials

Censorship From Social Media Platforms and State Organizations

Statements and Demonstrations Promoting Foreign Interference

Foreign Training and Material Backing

  • As of July 20, 2019: Hong Kong police are reportedly looking for more than 700 'core' protestors. Most of these are under the age of 25 and are divided into two groups: one violent, and one providing extensive logistical support. Core figures are said to have been trained to hide their faces using face masks, helmets, gloves, and goggles to conceal their identities from facial recognition software, to daub surveillance cameras, and to use hand-signals for on-site communication, all to make it more difficult for the police to gather evidence. Many of them are presumed to have already fled the city. Although the article does not explicitly state 'foreign meddling', the numbers and facts speak for themselves as to how unreasonably well-organized the rioters and protestors are.

  • The aforementioned suspiciously developed logistical network backing the protestors would be further exposed by a man named Alex Yeung filming himself going through stacks of fresh supplies - including goggles, gas masks, umbrellas, gloves, patches, and many more - at a location where a protest happened earlier on the same day. Alex Yeung claims that protestors have harassed him and his businesses over the video, even targeting his property in other countries.

  • Mainland authorities continuously intercept parcels containing helmets, goggles, umbrellas, gas masks, and many other pieces of equipment. Various evidence points to Taiwan being the main source of supplies, most likely due to its geographical position and sympathetic government. Taiwan's stocks of gas masks are reportedly almost depleted as outside customers purchase obscene amounts of equipment.


Pro-China Rallies and Demonstrations

Major Rallies/Demonstrations

Minor Rallies/Demonstrations


Testimonies from Notable Persons

  • Pansy Ho Chiu-king, chairperson of the Hong Kong Federation of Women, makes a statement before the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the violent nature of the protests, pointing out that in the span of 95 days, there were over 130 protests, over 110 of which have ended in violent protests. Young kids are reportedly pressured by their peers to subscribe to anti-establishment beliefs, perform school strikes, and are fervently harassed if they refuse.

  • Bunn Nagara, senior fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies of Malaysia, states that [the protests are violent include criminal activity which 'nobody can accept'. Bunn Nagara believes that any accusations against HK police are hypocritical, as HK police have been too restrained and that the protests should have been stopped early before having the chance to grow more widespread. He mentions that a pragmatic and wise approach that would benefit Hong Kong's standard of living is to cooperate with mainland China.

  • A pro-Beijing demonstrator calls the BBC 'fake news' after the reporter skews facts, blatantly downplays the size of the pro-Beijing demonstration of 106,000 (316,000 according to organizers), hypes up the coming anti-Beijing rally, and misclassifies the latter as being 'pro-democracy'.

  • Jackie Chan, world-wide famous actor from Hong Kong, leads the efforts of China's artists to protect the five-starred flag. Jackie Chan does not directly condemn the protestors' cause, but rather expresses sorrow over the recent violence and instability in HK.

  • Nigerian member of parliament Yusuf Baba Yakub and Dr. Mariana Aparicio, professor of the Center of International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, join the voices condemning violence used by the protestors.

  • Bill Jones, Washington Bureau Chief of the Executive Intelligence Review, accuses western countries of double standards in HK affairs. Bill points out the silence of the US and UK over the ongoing Yellow Vest protests and points out the role of the NED and other NGOs in previous color revolutions. Bill claims this hypocritical stance is the result of the US being uncomfortable with China playing such a major international role.

  • From The Peace Report, US political writer Sara Flounders delivers a detailed, 35-minute report explaining the situation in HK starting from the colonization of Qing dynasty China in the early 1800s. Sara Flounders explains everything in meticulous detail, from the wars waged by the west against China during the Century of Humiliation to the economic failures and inequality within Hong Kong, the activities of the NED and pro-western NGOs within Hong Kong, and the growth of nearby cities that have contributed to social and economic factors.

  • Globalresearch, a well-known Canadian think-tank, releases an article detailing many facts and events pertaining to the the HK protests. The highlights include: Allen Weinstein, a founder of the NED, admitting to doing work which 'was done covertly by the CIA' in the past, and that the NED has received ample funding from the UK.

  • Martin Sieff, a US scholar, reknowned correspondent and fellow researcher at the Global Policy institute, believes that the protests may have to be stopped if they continue to spiral out of control. Martin Sieff believes that continued unrest would cause a mass flight of capital from Hong Kong (primarily a financial center), which would in turn lead to mass unemployment and greater poverty.

  • Ian Stansbury, compliance director of the G7 Research Group, delivers a four-minute speech in which he explains why media coverage of the protests is unfair. According to Ian Stansbury, the police in HK have acted extremely restrained as the protestors undermine their cause by contributing to violence. Ian points out how quickly police started arresting and using tear gas against a few thousand peaceful protestors during the 45th G7 summit in France.

  • August 14, 2019: A foreign reporter says that the protestors are afflicted by mob mentality as he recounts the group violently attacking and torturing the Chinese reporter at HK international airport.

  • August 5, 2019: Former UK MP George Galloway tells his perspective on the protests. George served as MP for 20 years and has first-hand experience in political matters; he points out the overwhelming international coverage of the HK protests, even as the much longer and more violent Yellow Vest protests across France receive absolutely no coverage to this day. According to Galloway, foreign powers are interfering in China's internal affairs using NGOs, out of a desire to keep China's progress checked and contained.

  • July 31, 2019: Tung Chee Hwa, former leader of Hong Kong, publicly accuses the United States and Taiwan of fermenting and orchestrating the protests. Tung explains his reasoning by pointing to the sudden escalation of violence and how unusually organized the protestors were, noting how quickly the slogan "Oppose the extradition bill" turned to "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times". This is unsurprising in light of the US' track record: the 1996 meddling in Russia's elections, 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, 2011 coup against Libya, involvement in Ukraine's Maidan in 2014, Operation Timber Sycamore, and very blatant century-long string of meddling in Venezuela all barely scratch the surface of a topic that is far too long to cover in a single post. Tung attributes a part of the problem to be the result of young people venting their helplessness in light of HK's housing crisis and growing economic irrelevance, and that these problems can be solved with the help of Beijing.

  • A foreigner living in Hong Kong describes his eyewitness account of the protests during the siege of the LegCo building, and mentions how peaceful protests turned to violent riots. The man describes the violent protestors as 'thugs and vandals' who are seeking fights with the police, and believes that similar events in countries like England or America would have been met with live ammunition.

  • Trump openly refers to the Hong Kong protests as 'riots' upon being interviewed by journalists, August 1, 2019.

  • July 3, 2019: UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warns Beijing of 'serious consequences' if the extradition bill is passed.

  • An injured HK riot policeman claims that the protests are anything but peaceful. Had they been peaceful, the policeman claims that the police would respect it, but in the given scenario many of the protestors are trying everything to destroy property, and even attack the police. Another CTGN report shows footage of weapons, including petrol bombs being used, as well as various weapons of all sorts seized from detained protestors.


Debunking Fake News and False Rumours


Other Resources

This section contains links to other detailed blogs, threads, and websites with a similar purpose as this one. Many of these sources have been used to obtain information for this page.

  • Hong Kong Riots 2019 - Written by a Hong Kong-based user, this twitter account began posting in late-September of 2019. As of 2019, the account has been very active and has posted descriptions and footage of many new incidents every day.

  • Jose Chang Twitter - A thread focused partly on the chaos in Hong Kong, with detailed accounts and information being posted from time to time.

  • Hidden Harmonies Blog - This blog has provided a miniature thread of violence, foreign meddling, and highly suspicious activity during the protests, as well as several opinion articles.

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