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(en) avtonom: Beijing's Hong Kong tactics are successfully applied in Belarus by - Michael Shraibman [machine translation]

Date Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:11:53 +0300


At first, the authorities of the Republic of Belarus took a different path and tried to crush the movement with the help of extremely brutal repressions on August 9-10. But it didn't work out and two problems arose - a) people began to fight back, b) outrage intensified the protests. Then the authorities applied (with some changes) Beijing's Hong Kong tactics. The meaning is this - when you walk the streets peacefully, you do not bother us. Eventually you will start to fizzle out when you see that it is completely useless - we continue to rule the country / city. In Belarus, this is not entirely true, tactics have been modernized - from time to time, violent attacks are made on peaceful marches - not with the aim of dispersing the entire march, but with the aim of delaying / beating / humiliating some of the participants in order to demoralize them. The aim of the attackers is to accelerate the process of general demoralization.

After a while, the marches in Hong Kong began to fizzle out; they really did not interfere with the authorities' work. Seeing this, the more radical part of the protesters decided to resort to seizing a number of centers (university, local parliament, airport). These actions were no longer peaceful - when the police tried to disperse them, the protesters used edged weapons, including bows and arrows. But relatively few people took part in the uprisings and the police coped with them. There is no such thing in Belarus.

Along with this, an important problem for Hong Kong was the lack of support in the PRC and the lack of internationalism. The protesters said from the start, "We are not China." They say, we have a higher standard of living, the courts work better and go nafig. We are here fighting for independence or for a British protectorate (although, formally, the slogans were more moderate). "And we are not Hong Kong," most of the Chinese replied, "and since you sold out to the British, walk with British flags, then you are the enemies of our great people, as you yourself say, and if so, then China will teach you a lesson." Separatism faced great-power chauvinism and began to suffer defeat. On the side of great-power nationalism were not only the powerful army and police of the PRC, but also the massive majority of 1.4 billion Chinese against 7 million Hong Kongers. However, here the British intervened - they said that they were ready to receive millions of Hong Kong residents - this would be a blow to the PRC's economy. Xi Jinping appears to be getting a donut hole instead of the bubulik itself. However, the British are not going to accept 9 million Belarusians.

True, the dictatorships still have a problem. Economic collapse, hunger, excessive violence can become incentives in and of themselves, and then large numbers of people can fight back. This does not necessarily happen, but it can happen. But that is another story...

The overwhelming majority of Hong Kong residents, like the citizens of the Republic of Belarus, had no motivation to fight for things that would have a value comparable to the value of life - be it the Golden Age on earth and / or the salvation of the soul / liberation from samsara / the best incarnation after death. And the "lesser evil", in which the authorities will less often imprison troublemakers - and only - is not an incentive for a radical struggle. Moreover, according to opinion polls, confidence in parliamentary systems in the world is falling.

Since the days of the Beijing Independent Workers 'Union (NWC), which fought the Chinese Communist Party in 1989 on Tiananmen Square for the workers' right to live in a new world where labor collectives would run factories and the country themselves. name, but an ideological organization) in the PRC and even more so in Hong Kong, there was nothing comparable to these events. The parliamentary system, with its elections every four years, between which the authorities can do anything, the parliamentary system with its corporate lobbyists, oligarchs who have real power, with huge social inequality and regular financial crises, is the lesser evil, we are told. Maybe. But paradoxically, the formula of Sir Winston Churchill ("parliamentary democracy is terrible, but still nothing is better"), having become the basis of thinking, can lead to the victory of the greater evil. This dismal pseudo-truth is nothing but the secret of the victory of dictatorships. People don't usually shed blood for lesser evils. The risks are huge and the benefits are comparatively small.

"You do not hate Monday, you hate capitalism," said Slava ižek, whom I do not like. Unfree monotonous work 8 or 10 hours a day, poverty, empty life devoid of meaning, lack of real power. For this, people should die? For the survivors to wake up in horror every Monday morning?

https://avtonom.org/author_columns/gonkongskaya-taktika-pekina-uspeshno-primenyaetsya-v-belarusi
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