Let’s start with the Elephant in the room. Black is his colour. Black Bloc is his name. In the recent interview with Deutsche Welle the spokesperson for several rioting student unions in Hong Kong Joey Siu was interviewed by the experienced journalist Tim Sebastian who issued this stark warning,
“If Hong Kong’s pro-democratic movement imaged it had the unqualified support from the international community it better thinks again. The British government has slammed what it calls, a hard core of demonstrators warning their violence is unacceptable and had to stop.”
Joey Siu reply is deeply disturbing and displays all the hallmark of an extremist movement. Like any other terror groups Siu wraps the justification for violence into a childish narrative of justified self-defence.
It is telling twenty-something Joey Siu using the upcoming elections for seats as the justification to use violence as the handmaiden for election victory. For the rest of the public you know it when you see it , it is terrorism.
Since the interview a 70-year old cleaner has died after he was hit by a brick during clashes with the Black bloc in Sheung Shui a district in Hong Kong. Social media claims a woman was responsible, was dismissed as fake news.
A 1 minute 45 second video shows at 0.28 seconds a black-dressed offender throwing an object from the left which hit the victim who was only filming the protester with full force. The impact hit the victim violently with his head jerking backwards as the victim fell. Police is classified the case as murder.
Death is now a political reality. Death is a point of no return. Siu and her leadership of the leaderless black bloc fanatics who face the reality that no restart button for death is available. Game over.
Her lack of empathy shows. Joey Siu, an U.S. born citizen said,
“I belief one of the principals among the protestors is about no splitting and no condemning any of the other protesters even though the level of violence they use seems to be like[ly] escalation and might be posing harm to the others.”
Joey Siu claims the protesters debate in a process called reflections the political direction, but she repeatedly insisted she does not condemn the violence. I hope she and her breed reflect on this men’s death. She lacks the sense of responsibility discrediting her as a leader or influencer.
Oddly enough, reflections is language used in the dialogue called The HK Forward Alliance which was held on 16 November as an online social media event. The surfacing of representatives of the Civic Exchange and other NGOs poses the question how this “bridge” and narrative suddenly surfaced. The Hong Kong Freedom Press wrote that process is hard to take serious.
Joey Siu is the Black Bloc version of Sohail Shaheen, the spokesperson of the Taliban who denies Al Qaeda was behind the 9/11 attacks. Equally unrepentant Siu is uncompromising and unwilling to admit her role in endorsing violence as an acceptable tool for the agenda of Siu and her ilk.
The reality is, that most of the citizens of Hong Kong do not support the protesters. A picture of the shooting of the attacker by a Hong Kong police officer shows the by passers clapped in support of the police. But in absence of firm policy by the administration and the Hong Kong Police little confidence leaves the public in limbo.
Not condemning extremist violence and rejecting the voices of disagreeing with the Black Bloc extremists illustrates the rioters are not democrats.
Joey Siu seems not having a problem with this deeply disturbing image of Leung Chi-cheung, 57, who was set on fire by protesters in Ma On Shan on Monday, now in critical condition in the Prince of Wales intensive care unit. The father of two daughters suffered 44 percent burns. Setting a man on fire, killing a man with a brick, is terrorism. Period.
The normalization of violence is a manifestation of a hate ideology.
To blame the government justifying bloodshed, the creation of paranoia and claim “the government made us do it” is a narrow interpretation and the signs of the growing extremist movement within Hong Kong. Hitler blamed the Jews, Al Qaeda blamed the non-believers and hated American, the Black Bloc blamed the capitalists, and the mainlanders. But underneath it all, its racist, and pure hate.
Joey Siu and her friends opted the path of violence. Her shallow interpretation of political realities carries moral, legal and actual consequences.
Some voices increasingly argue she should be held accountable as the Hong Kong Police follows UK law (!), not Chinese law. Which means arson is a life sentence, so is destruction of public property. And certainly, murder or inciting violence and ill-will.
The political naivety by the hard liners are unable to compromise and misreading the severity of the situation leaving the Hong Kong administration no room.
The likes of Joey Siu can return to her native North Carolina watching the roof collapsing on Hong Kong from a safe distance. Tim Sebastian a true expert of exposing the fallacy of the self-proclaimed prophets warns of the consequences for Hong Kong.
Tim Sebastian interview described the mindset of the extremists as increasingly akin to totalitarianism, saying that the Hong Kong Black bloc movement effectively deprived people of any right to question and critique their tactics accordingly.
It is not bound by reason, rationale or any kind of justifiable merit but an irrational, hysterical and blind hatred.
The interview laid brutally bare the misjudgement of the protesters of risking the crackdown by China. The movement is rigid, inflexible and ideologically driven. Any other interpretation is ignoring the Black Elephant in the room. The Black Bloc is extremists, totalitarian and violent. Only an extremist like Siu thinks in absolute terms.