By Andre Vltchek
June 16, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - A few days ago, I
received a letter from a person in Hong Kong. Not from a
fan of my writing; on the contrary, or should I put it
more precisely: “from a person who is standing clearly
at the other side of the barricade”.
She tried to explain why some people in Hong Kong are
“losing trust in the government”, and why “Hong Kong
does not want to be like mainland China, where the
internet is censored and some topics are not allowed to
Generally, she addressed things that are commonly
tackled by those who are running around the streets,
clad in ninja-style outfits, brutalizing Hong Kong for
several months already. But at least she wanted to talk,
to explain, in a polite way. Although the end of her
email was banal and, should I say, bizarre:
“Hong Kong people are losing hope and trust toward
the government, people are afraid of the Chinese
government of all the things that they have done and
been doing. And some try to get foreign countries’
attention, not as a friend, not because Hong Kong people
admire them, but because the Chinese government see them
as the enemy, and the involvement of foreign countries,
as well as the call of Hong Kong independence, can piss
This email arrived at the same time when the entire
world rose in outrage against the cold-blooded murder of
an African American person, Mr George Floyd.
Tens of thousands were marching in Tokyo and Buenos
Aires, in London and Paris. In the West, protesters
clashed with riot police, and many people were badly
injured, while thousands were arrested. Water cannons
were used; streets got barricaded.
I have been writing on the topic constantly, from the
start, also giving interviews to various media outlets
all over the world. And I kept repeating that what
occurred to Mr Floyd has been happening to people in
countless countries, even to the countries themselves,
in all corners of our world: Western neo-colonialist
powers have been kneeling on their necks, killing them,
cutting their flow of oxygen. In many poor nations,
people are kept in unimaginable misery or being killed
so the West can get raw materials and labor almost for
free. I worked in some of the toughest, most desperate
parts of the world, making films, writing books and
reporting. Therefore I know.
A young woman who wrote to me an email from Hong Kong
never mentioned any of these horrors. Most likely, she
knew nothing about them. Most definitely, she never went
out of her way to find out what the West is doing to her
fellow human beings. For her, that “censored internet”
or inability to discuss certain topics “openly” has been
the highest “crime” she could imagine. Or that is how
she was told to think. That is how most of people around
her are conditioned to think.
Years ago, I spoke to “Occupy Central”
participants, and to the recent partakers in the
riots of 2019 and 2020: They knew absolutely nothing
about the barbarities committed by the NATO
countries, all over the world.
Now imagine China; a country with a distinct,
successful socialist model. A country that is not
attacking, not occupying anybody. An extremely peaceful
country that is trying to improve the life of all of its
citizens, even the inhabitants of poor countries on all
China is being attacked, provoked, insulted, on all
fronts. Precisely by the West, which does not want to
lose its grip on global power. China is being pushed
toward a military conflict.
Social media, mass media, all sorts of propaganda are
unleashed against Beijing. Lies about China’s
revolutionary past are fabricated and disseminated; lies
about the Tian’anmen Square “events”; in fact, any types
of lies that could hurt, destabilize or at least confuse
this great and brave nation.
What is China supposed to do? Just receive punches?
Just tolerate fabrications?
No! China is obliged to defend itself and its people.
It cannot just let all that destructive propaganda,
openly geared at ruining the State, enter the airways
and social media. In the past, China let down its guard,
and it led to the Period of Humiliation, when the West
occupied, divided and ransacked the nation.
And Beijing does precisely that — it is identifying
and stopping fake news and the extremist, hostile, vile
ideological infiltration and attacks. And it does it in
a “mild way” because China’s “censorship” is nowhere as
advanced and brutal as that in the West. This, the
rioters, also refuse to acknowledge!
Individuals in Hong Kong who are disrupting the
city’s life while insulting their motherland are stuck
in their little world of selfish preoccupations and
self-interests. Again, they were conditioned to feel and
think this way.
They are totally lacking knowledge; the global
The entire world is waking up, condemning the
barbaric killing of Mr George Floyd by a group of
deranged racist cops in Minneapolis. People on all
continents are symbolically connecting that murder to
the countless horrible events committed by Western
imperialism during more than 500 years. But many young
kids in Hong Kong, including the one who wrote to me an
email, are mainly preoccupied with their social media;
their little fragmented universes of mobile phone,
tablets and “me-me-me spaces”.
As the world is boiling, the rioters look
increasingly ridiculous and irrelevant. The global
priority now is to save billions of human beings who
cannot breathe under the boots of the Western
imperialism. But it appears that the Hong Kong rioters,
who are conditioned to fight against their own country
over a few petty privileges, will never understand what
is really happening in Minneapolis, and in fact, all
over the world!
Andre Vltchek is
a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative
journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in
dozens of countries. Six of his latest books are “New
Capital of Indonesia”,
Belt and Road Initiative”,
and Ecological Civilization”
with John B. Cobb, Jr., “Revolutionary
Optimism, Western Nihilism”, a
revolutionary novel “Aurora” and
a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing
Lies Of The Empire”.
View his other books here.
groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo
and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On
Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and Latin
America, and continues to work around the world. He
can be reached through his website,
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