Last week, I was in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on business before two massive, competing rallies were staged. AIT, the unofficial US embassy, warned all Americans to “avoid these areas completely” due to the potential for conflict. After watching the local news point out that they wouldn’t be coming within roughly 4 kilometers of each other, I decided to stay another day and indulge my curiosity. I strongly recommend that any foreigner avoid doing this sort of tag-along in Hong Kong. It’s a very different and highly dangerous situation.
I attended the largest event, which managed to put 500,000 people on the streets. This was quite a crowd for a city with just under 3 million residents. The official reason was to muster support for a recall of Mayor Han Kou-Yu, who is running for president with an agenda that many fear will involve eroding Taiwanese sovereignty in favor of Chinese economic inducements. He’s also a rather unseemly character who is reputed to spend much of his time drunk.
Many participants with whom I chatted were also there to express solidarity with Hong Kong, promote a Taiwanese independence declaration (China has promised immediate military intervention if this ever happens), and express a hatred for mainland China that’s orders of magnitude more passionate than in the US.
Taiwan has a fraught history of political violence since the mainlanders arrived following the Japanese surrender. Regarded as “half-starved illiterate bandits” by the locals, tensions led to massacres across the island known as the 2/28 Incident in 1947. This kicked off a period known as “The White Terror” that lasted until the lifting of martial law in 1987.
Since then, brawls have become a feature of parliamentary discourse. Legislators are quick to throw punches, furniture, and food at each other. The ladies are generally the most vicious. It’s heartwarming in a way. When your congressman says he’s going to Washington “to fight for you”, what that really means is taking a check from AIPAC. In Taiwan, they mean it in the literal sense of the word.
Back in 2014, a group of students stormed their way into the legislature, fought off police, and occupied it to protest a trade pact with China. So, even though Taiwan has one of the lowest crime rates on Earth, the potential for political conflict is rather high. The key difference is that in contrast to a country like America, the Taiwanese people are not the enemies of their government, which is not controlled by God’s Chosen People.
The government allowed both sides to express their opinions, and made sure it happened in different areas to avoid clashes. The potential flash points were on public transportation after both rallies ended. To prevent this, thousands of police were brought in from across the island to be stationed throughout the system. Everything went fine. The only violence was committed occurred against stuffed dolls of the mayor. Winnie the Pooh is used to represent President Xi Jinping. He was irritated enough to ban comparisons from the Chinese internet.
The thing that made the rally so successful was that the people understood the government wasn’t going to stage an ambush. So, they brought their kids and grandparents. Everybody (not the HK folks) knew that they would be free from violence, doxing, and economic reprisals. It was a very friendly, festive atmosphere. That’s how you get enough people to show up for a massive protest. Imagine expecting to be able to do this in America?
As people become increasingly aware that their votes are worthless, the MSM is completely dishonest, and free discourse has been choked off the internet’s main platforms, the last venue to make your grievances known to a wide audience becomes the street.
They want you to know that if you act on your rights and get a permit, you will still be fired, become a legally-sanctioned target for violence, get arrested for getting attacked, and then hit with frivolous litigation for obscene sums of money. That was the whole point of the travesty at Charlottesville. VA officials could have taken the exact same obvious set of precautions as the Taiwanese, but that would have allowed BOTH sides to speak and encourage more dissident events.
What would happen if the average American knew that he could take his family to a march against evils such as Paul Singer and vulture capitalism? People would be making a huge stink somewhere every weekend.
The comradery, and the feeling that you’re taking a stand are very stirring. Anyone who’s marched with their unit in a military parade knows what I mean. It’s a moving emotion to physically be a part of something bigger than yourself. It helps to build solidarity for a broader political movement. That terrifies our Jewish Plutocracy.