I would say, “Excuse me” a million times that day.


In Wisconsin, it’d be “Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry. Ope, sorry.”


Lemme just squeeze right on past ya there


Missourian here, I’d be saying the same


Lemme just squeeze right on past ya there


Me too and I’m not even Canadian!


Oh sorry about that, bud.


Ah, a fellow Midwesterner, I see!


Let me squeeze right past ya


For those who are interested, some of them are/were/going to be captured/prosecuted using facial recognition software by the pro mainland China HK government. It is a sad day. For those who can afford to leave, they fled their place of birth to Taiwan, UK and Canada. It is a sad day for democracy. They can't throw all the of them in prison but many of them are terrified. Source: Friends in Hong Kong




They don't need to put them all in anyway. Just enough to put enough fear in the rest of them to comply. 2/7 of a population though is pretty major, I wonder if we will see them take on the government and what the reaction will be by the Chinese government.


NSL! NSL! NSL! (Or the National Security Law) If you say anything that (vaguely?) opposes the government or harms national security then be arrested you are There’s a guy that hung a flag with the protests slogan over their balcony They got arrested There were a lot of trials going in these past few months, but I think it’s died down a bit Oh yeah schools need to hold mandatory weekly flag raising ceremonies and we need to sing the anthem there now(I don’t think they enforced the singing rule much before this because I never sung at the old flag raising ceremonies) *but* There’s also the fact that my science teacher got arrested during the first year of the protests- I still don’t know if he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time or if he really participated in the protests, but he got released half a year later and is still teaching as an assistant at my school ‘S long as you keep quiet you’ll be fine I am still horribly conflicted over the whole thing


The communist Chinese government is very good using fear tactic. I totally agree with you. My friends in Hong Kong are scared. One of them is moving to UK and the other one is just depressed and thinking how can he afford to move overseas. They can't take on the mainland Chinese government. They have tanks and guns. They can throw your innocent family in the prison for no reason. That's enough to scare people away.


Hey everyone. Don't just upvote this video. **Be at your country's nearest Chinese embassy on June 4th, or October 1st.** Wear black. cover your face


Also don't bring your cellphone or at least make sure it's off until you are WELL away


Can you explain why that is please?


Think of all the information you have on your phone: name, address, credit card info etc. If you were a state who keeps track of people, that is a one stop shop to get enough leverage to mess with someone.


I understand that but if I protest at a Chinese embassy in a western country how does that endanger me?


They can and will have stingrays running.


Not in Australia. Stingrays have been outlawed in all city areas ever since Steve.


I see what you did there


Protesting at a embassy is generally frowned upon by the government, and they do have jurisdiction if you do.


Well shit thanks for the heads up


You're welcome.


Sadly and scarily, iPhones now update location even while off. FindMy works even when phone off. So leave that shit at home if needed…


Which is why many world governments are warning their Olympic participants to take Burner phones.


Faraday cage.


Or your bosses phone works too


Usually I'd agree, but seriously, nobody deserves what the CCP does to its prisoners.


Or get a burner smartphone and livestream!


Can you please provide more information on the significance of those dates?


June 4th is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre October 1st is China's national day. Bring Xi Jingping printouts to burn. The HKers and Tiananmen mothers will be there. They've been there for 30 years begging for people to hear their lost children.


Thank you.


Remember when certain groups didn't want #freeHK?


I mostly just remember Lebron lol


Fuck Lebron. He had to put his money where his mouth is


Can you fill me in? I'm mildly curious


didnt dunk on xijiping on space jam 2


Pooh bear is the most disappointing villain.


Truly “either you die as a hero or you live long enough to become a villain” moment when your childhood character of safety and creativity becomes sarcastic symbol for oppressive asshole.


Ruined a whole segment of my childhood in one comment.


Oh bother


He hasn't even left China all that much. His level of ignorance is over the moon. An inward looking despot with no clue how the world really is.


How did pooh bear become that??


I'm laughing so hard right now. I just can't even


Can someone help this guy even?


Some are just at odds.


What an odd world we live in


I'm usually not the one for puns, but since three of you went already i'll try. Just give me a high five afterwards and we will see if we can't get three more for a total of seven.


I’m not familiar with the names or teams involved as I don’t follow NBA, but there was one team manager who publicly showed support the pro-democracy protests. When asked about it on a press conference he declared: > I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually,” This is specially outrageous as he is the face or the Black Lives Matters movement and which advocates for freedom, liberation and equity. I guess things are different when you have to criticize those who mostly consume your products and the league. As Martin Luther King Jr. Famously said: > Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. But I guess he conveniently skipped that part.


It was the Houston Rockets GM, at the time, Daryl Morey. Great guy. >Morey tweeted an image that read "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong," referring to the four-month-old protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.


And that's q really big deal, because the rockets are one of, if not the *most* popular team in China. They certainly were at one point thanks to Yao Ming, and I'm sure that's carried over for many. The fact that anyone can protest people being violently assaulted by the authorities of one place, and then turn around and publicly the support the violent repression of 7 million people elsewhere is just *disgusting*. Not to mention those same oppressors are *committing genocide* elsewhere! It's fucking reprehensible and hypocritical behavior, and LeBron should be ashamed for supporting the violent oppression the people of Hong Kong were subjected to. Had covid not swept Asia, we might have seen a different timeline developing in Hong Kong, but celebrities who have fans in China specifically should have spoken out against China's state sponsored the violence just like they did in the US.


If the cop who killed George Floyd had paid LeBron James a few million dollars, LeBron would have showed up at his trial and begged the jury to find him innocent.


I can’t think of a bigger tragedy in recent memory, losing Hong Kong. Even Covid doesn’t effect me the way this did. Life is fickle. When the spirit of a city that’s so unique and beautiful is destroyed it’s irreplaceable. I doubt we will see another HK in our lifetime.


Every time I am reminded of these days, see these videos…look out across the bay and see the prison…PAIN…big pain.


Fuck LeBron. He only cares about his account balance going up.


Ummm... what? LeBron is the face of BLM? When did that happen? I wasn't aware that he was involved with assembling BLM?! What are you talking about? I'm no LeBron fan, but what you said is baseless.


They mean he has a black face


Okay, now I understand, thank you. Yeah I'm really tired of the hypocrisy and ignorance/fast talk.


lolol since when is Lebron the face of Black Lives Matter? what the fuck are you talking about?


Lebron James is not a critical thinker. His skill set is more in the running and jumping.


You don’t have to do a whole lot of analysis to know oppression is wrong…


Ignorance is easy when your paycheck depends on it. Helps when that paycheck has alot of zeros on it


The GM of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, spoke out in support of the people Hong Kong keeping their freedom vs China. LeBron condemned him publicly for it because the NBA’s biggest revenue stream is China and also LeBron gets to profit off of his slave labor produced apparel produced there in partnership with Nike. China does not play around. They will pull NBA games and merchandise out of their country greatly reducing revenue of the NBA and it’s players if they don’t toe the line. This is why LeBron can protest about things in America all he wants, because China can use that as propaganda like “see America is terrible their own citizens hate it there” but he cannot say a word about China and he never will. The Chinese Communist Party exists for one reason and one reason only, to destroy America and conquer the world while exploiting everyone for their gain. They have found a way to use America’s own citizens, stars, wealthy, and elites against their own country for China’s benefit by abusing people’s greed.


Don't forget Fuck John Cena too!


And Terry Crews


sponsorships = censorships can blame lebron all we want but when are people going to stop giving nike their money? its not like they have a monopoly on some high-tech. its simply fashion.


He put his mouth to his money instead


NBA just as complicit as well - banned “free Hong Kong” signs at games.


i had forgotten about this, what an idiot lebron is


Zhon Xina. Bing chilling. 🍦 🥶


Lebron “Yuan” James loves the CCP.


LeYuan Xames


I had an acquaintance who told me the HK protestors were fascists. Funnily enough he would share posts on facebook celebrating China and how they dealt with the protestors, right after sharing articles critical of our own government, posts calling for protests in our country...


This is called a tankie. Everything they are supposedly against in the USA, they are for in certain other nations.


You see that often around reddit as well, didn't know there was a word. See a good bit of "But USA does worse, why don't they get shit for it?" In the end, bad shit should be called out. No matter who else done worse.


And if you criticize China they assume you are a die hard US supporter, just like they are with China, because you couldn't possibly be critical of both. As if this is football and you need to pick a team and defend it by all means.






That's what made me give up hearthstone.


Never seen so many people outright delete their Blizzard account at once in the uni lab. We were pissed. In hindsight, I don't exactly feel like I missed much the past few years, lol.




there was a hearthstone tournament, livestreAm on twitch, winner was showing shield with "free hongkong", tournament comentators and the winner got into huge trouble for it, like suspension, losing tournament money. all under order from blizzard. it showed that blizzard would bend over for china. anyway, i think most of it got resolved after some time and the huge backlash from the community. beware my memory is pretty shitty and i probably messed up some stuff but that was the basic jist of it.


No, but a similar thing happened where a dude expressed support for the pro-democracy HK protest, and Blizzard threw him under the bus and kowtowed hard to China. It was disgustingly slimy of them. About as unamerican one can be.


I used to play so much Overwatch. I had multiple friend groups on there that I made over a lonely summer in a new city. I would just crack open some beers and join a new group and play the shit out of Reinhardt. It all fell apart after they withheld tournament winnings from that Taiwanese player for speaking out. I had to make real life friends and go outside in the dead of winter and it sucked. fuck blizzard.


Dude same. Doesn't sound like much, but I played that game every day for years until blizzard pulled that shit. Haven't played since.


I had to quit Overwatch for it. Used to play daily, haven't gone back, wont buy Overwatch 2.


Blizzard came out as hiding years of very serious sexual assault/abuse allegations not long after, the whole company just went on a powerslide into a trashfire really hard.


They also started making shitty games that are easy not to play


Feels weird to not be excited about any recent Blizzard stuff but still play/watch Starcraft BW and Diablo 2. No trust/excitement for D4, never liked WoW, no interest in Overwatch, they literally ruined WC3, they stopped all support of SC2. Diablo 2 resurrecred was another company that did the bulk of the work. Wtf is Blizzard good for now? They are just another sleazy AAA dev/publisher that churns out mediocrity instead of having every game be an absolute hit.


It'd have been a disappointing game anyways


John Cena?


Like pussy ass bitch LeBron James?


This is nothing but sad. No one should go through stuff like this to get the bare minimum from their government. Heck, it’s their **human** right.






Damn shame that /u/Gatorkid365 shot himself in the back of the head 5 times for talking about /u/joshfry5 killing himself


I’m gonna reply to this after I answer the door. I think my package finally arrived


oh no guys! Gatorkid365 is gone...


WTF all those Redditors found without kidneys, hearts, eyeballs, livers… all officially died of « cardiac arrest ». Fortunately they were peacefull dancers (Fa Lun gong) so their lives worth shit. Nothing to see here. MOVE ON.




There is no protest in Hong Kong Sing Se


The earth king has invited you to Lake Shanghai...


You can continue to call it Lake Laogai, because [Laogai](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laogai) are a real and horrific thing. >The system has been estimated to have caused tens of millions of deaths and it has also been likened to slavery by its critics. It hasn't stopped like the party claims. It's the same system many Uighurs are under and why countries are sanctioning around Xinjiang, which while good, they continue to move people from that region to work in other regions so it's not entirely effective.


> China is also killing millions of Uighur Muslims, I mean, i know hyperbole is mandatory on the internet, but seriously lol. We experienced first hand what reddit slacktivism did to HK, literally nothing. I guess you didn't get the memo


Your post history certainly exemplifies your care for human rights and especially brown people. [Totally NOT racist at all!](https://www.reddit.com/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/rxqbyv/a_man_telling_his_child_to_throw_rocks_at_a/hrkyxec/) [Sorry but the hijab on your avatar is making me feel a bit uncomfortable, I think it would be better if you remove it thanks ](https://www.reddit.com/r/Damnthatsinteresting/comments/rxf1mw/activating_a_touchsensitive_lamp_using_bananas/hrjo5qz/)


Governments are only as fair as we force them to be.


This is not “extremely interesting” this is beyond sad. I remember they had been protesting for when we started protesting in Chile. We used some techniques that they showed like the way the controlled tear gas bombs. Here hundreds lost their eyes because police forces aimed wherever they wanted. We lost people. But that’s nothing compared to what’s happening in Hong Kong. I guess things are different when your opponent is China.


It can be both sad AND interesting. Those aren't mutually exclusive


well if you're opponent is China and you so happen to be in Hong Kong all media is blocked mostly giving them the opportunity to do heinous deeds whenever they want other countries can't get involved due to the fact that China has Hong Kong and if other countries are going to band together its gonna end on the fallout ending where patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter China also controls a decent amount of the world's economy which will vastly effect some countries and if you think that NATO can do something they are very limited in options either


Punctuation is your friend.


No they just have good lung capacity.


I tried to read the comment and just couldn't because it was so difficult.


Britain has at least given residency to some Hong Kongers who can make it out.


What did they achieve???


Nothing. Because nobody listened. The CCP took over and arrested a lot of people who took part in these protests or supported them in other ways.


No people listened, but what did you expect people to do once they heard? Nothing short of declaring a war would have stopped this


Didn't the uk grant hong kong refugees immediate citizenship?


No, they just granted the right for those who hold a British National (Overseas) (BNO) passport, a visa to enter the UK on a path that eventually leads to citizenship. They’re not given “immediate citizenship”.


only to people who were living in hong kong before 1997 i believe


Which I guess makes sense. The UK can't take an entire city's population, but at the very least the Hong Kongers who remembered life before the CCP.


And the CCP stopped people from leaving the country. Edit, here's some links to back it up: https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/p7w88d/the_ccp_refusing_to_let_their_citizens_leave_the/ https://time.com/5925414/hong-kong-12-sentenced-shenzhen/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/hong-kong-boats-refugees-asylum-seekers-national-security-law-taiwan/2020/08/31/2d429170-eb34-11ea-bd08-1b10132b458f_story.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/hong-kong-passes-law-that-can-stop-people-leaving


Not even war could have stopped this. Hong Kong was lost from the beginning.


> Nothing short of declaring a war would have stopped this There are pressures that can influence a country's actions between "all out war" and "do nothing at all". Economic sanctions, readjustment of global political interests, even so much as stern words coming from one of the most influential governments in the world, simply *threatening* to do the above, can have an effect. Unfortunately Trump was in charge when all this happened, and his response was more "Xi acted very responsibly".


Lol, you just want the entire world to agree on blocking China? We can't even agree that there is a pandemic going on, you think that somehow you are going to convince all the greedy leaders to block their source of cheap labour?


Protests only work on turning people with guilt or sympathy for the problem. A good faith government will absolutely be affected by protesting. Can anyone name a dictatorship changed by protesting? The only gain in those enviroments are people seeing eachothers support, often leading to support of a revolutiin, but I cant think of any protests that altered a dictator.


nobody could do anything about it, dont pin the blame elsewhere. it was the chinese government


Passing of the National Security Law. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_national_security_law


A pretty cool timelapse


Poor ol’ Hong Kong. They really did get the shitty end of the diplomatic stick.




OP probably thinks he helped us a lot by telling us that 2 out of 7 millions is indeed 2/7


Could have just said “over a quarter of the population”


People aren’t big on fractions. Remember the 1/3 pounder burger? People wouldn’t buy it, in favor of the 1/4 pounder because 4 is bigger than 3. Morons everywhere.


Aaaand they got stomped the fuck down because NOBODY in the outside world listened....pathetic..,we should all be ashamed.


We did listen. It was all over every media for an exceptionally long time and we all said “we should do something about it” and someone said “what can we do? We don’t control China.” So we said let’s impose heavy sanctions and stop our dependency on them in exchange for a temporary hit to our economy.” And the corporations that control our governments said “No.” so we all went back to our dissociative mindset because democracy is a sham and the lawn mower is acting up again.


We listened we just done fuck all big difference between the two


Too much reliance on cheap labor in China so that big corporations in the US can still sell its citizens and make money…[trades ](https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html)


USA: the people of HK are being oppressed! We should do something! China: you guys like iPhones, right? USA: ……..


I think iPhone production is moving to Vietnam


And who owns that factory in Vietnam?


Foxconn is a Taiwanese company.


That has deep ties to both the CCP and the KMT (right wing Chinese nationalists in Taiwan).


The have deep ties to two polar opposites?


We would still have iphones. It's just big companies would lose like 2% of their profits.


It’s not just the US, just about every country is to blame.


Ah yes, the USA, the only country in the world.


The only other great empire right now.


Guys, I tried calling President Xi Jinping again yesterday but he didn’t pick up. Im at my wits end here. 😫


I mean, what exactly do you want me to do? I can barely keep myself alive and you want me to help them...how? People keep calling us pathetic, but give us a realistic solution lol. I'm supposed to swim my ass across the ocean and single-handedly overthrow their government? Sure thing, just gear me up and send me over, I'll try my best.


Are you willing to go to war with China for them? Because that's what it comes down to: CCCP aren't going to let it go. In the UK, we offered Hong Kong residents them citizenship if they want to emigrate. The other option is World War 3.


What is the average citizen going to do against CCP? And the largest military on earth


Chinas military has the most people in it but it isn’t the biggest in the world Edit: yes I mean most powerful and yes I mean biggest


I think you mean most powerful.


The hell are we supposed to do? Fly over to Hong Kong and protest with them?


These comments, when followed up on, usually lead to the person wanting the US/NATO to lead a military assault on the bad state actors to free the oppressed people by attacking one of the world’s largest militaries (usually China or Russia) without realizing that a hot war with either of these countries would be the end of humanity on Earth. And then inevitably you’ll find a comment in their profile about how the US military is far too big and that they need to keep their nose out of everyone’s business and stop trying to be the world police. Always gets a good chuckle out of me.


I hate seeing redditors shit on Chinese people for "being sheep" as well, as if they could openly criticize CCP publicly if they're right in the middle of China themselves.


We have reached that point in our existence. Even if we WANT to do something, it inevitably ends up in nukes. We can definitely affect Russia with sanctions so long as other countries join us without that risk, especially considering Russia's GDP is barely above the GDP of New York City. China? Nope :(. **EDIT** I would say that I "think" that the Biden Administration has put in a boycott against any goods that can be traced to the Uyghurs slave labor (but, of course, there are always ways around that). Other than that, not sure what else can be done. Maybe I'm not as creative as others.


I mean the only country that has any right to intervene is the UK because it broke their agreement. But then you'd have Western nations trying to claim land from the "East" which is a good recipe for World War 3 The UK did the best they could which was offering all HK nationals UK citizenship.


Then go do something about it


He might pull out the big guns and start a change.org petition and get all his friend to sign


And what would we accomplish all the way from here? The Chinese government is still gonna do what they want no matter how much we disagree from our side of the world.


We can’t do much about it


They wanted to take notes.


Amazing. 2 million exactly. (I watched it in slow motion and counted.)


And they have since lost those rights


My heart is still with the brave HKers who came out and showed up against repressive government. Seeing a lot of very comfortable armchair UN members in this comments section saying it was for nothing. But it wasn't! Just because HK protests didn't stop a massive lopsided govt takeover in the works for at least 50 years over the course of a single american news cycle doesnt mean that these protests went nowhere or didn't accomplish anything! HKers at least built up a sense of community honor and values around the protests, which is the most terrifying thing for an autocratic govt can conceive of. I truly, truly admire them, even now, when so many people want to buy the narrative that chinese forces are so powerful and sophisticated they were able to subdue HK in just over a year. But I know that for every person who attended these protests and supported HK freedom the seed has been planted and will continue to grow - even under cover, even in darkness. As long as HK has the spirit of freedom and HK identity they will never have lost in the way that matters to CCP




The Chinese Communist Party ruins everything they touch. No wonder they’re hated worldwide.


Except by corporations.


Ironic for a communist party


They figured out what the Soviets couldn’t, to be fair.




Or whatever you want to call their unique brand thereof.


It's just Capitalism I think they have more billionaires than the us now


There’s still many, many command market elements domestically in China.


Yeah that's true too fair enough


They call themselves "Communist with Chinese characteristics", which basically means state run capitalism.


Lol they're not communist. They're a one party state owned capitalist country.


Sadly it didn’t do much…


China don’t give no fucks


Was this the protest that was going on right before the pandemic broke out?


This gives me second hand anxiety


Where did they all use the bathroom?


And nothing has changed for the better for them.


China said no. The world did nothing. Fuck China


I get anxiety watching this


It’s like ants wow


Good. Everyone has the right for freedom.


2/7? More like 1/3.5th.


Fuck the CCP. Fuck Xi. Fuck tankies. Fuck anyone who doesn’t believe in the uighur genocide. Fuck any and all despots of the Chinese government. Strike me down mods. Those who fear my words are cowards. I hope the people of Honk Kong, Tibet and China live to see a free day. #FreeHK #FreeTibet




china is slowly controlling our country here in indonesia, we got a lot of debts from them because our government is a fucking idiot


They're doing the same to MANY other countries too because of the belt and road initiative. It's messed. I hope you guys manage to get out of it


Yeah I hope so, I'm kinda a pessimistic guy, there is probably no hope on a country this poor, everyday I go to school I see people not just men but women and children living on the side of the road while the chinese living here living in a luxurious life, of course no hate over them as they didn't do wrong and I don't want may 1998 to happen again.