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Carpe Diem: 2019.11.19 NO WONDER

Just in case anyone in the outside world is wondering—HEY! IS ANYONE FUCKING WONDERING?—just WHY the Hong Kong protestors began their dissent with their objection to the People’s Republic of China extradition law, they should take a look at recording in today’s New York Times about a leaked document from the Xi Jinping totalitarian regime that instructs its goons and thugs how to respond to Uighur and Kazakh students from Xinjiang who might have difficulty finding their parents when they return from school. Here is how the Times reported it.

This modern-day totalitarian brainwashing is revealed in a remarkable trove of documents leaked to The New York Times by an anonymous Chinese official. The existence of these re-education camps has been known for some time, but nothing before had offered so lucid a glimpse into the thinking of China’s bosses under the fist of Mr. Xi, from the obsessive determination to stamp out the “virus” of unauthorized thought to cynical preparations for the pushback to come, including how to deal with questions from students returning to empty homes and untended farms. The latter script is eerily Orwellian: Should students ask whether their missing parents had committed a crime, they are to be told no, “it is just that their thinking has been infected by unhealthy thoughts. Freedom is only possible when this ‘virus’ in their thinking is eradicated and they are in good health.”

This is also why Hong Kong protesters being dragged off to detention by the Hong Kong police are now routinely screaming back to their colleagues their names and “I will not commit suicide,” so that the police will not have a convenient excuse when they’re brutality turns lethal. Hong Kong teeters on the edge of a holocaust because these brave students know that being forced to conform to the authoritarian People’s Republic of China regime is just another form of suicide. HEY! IS ANYONE FUCKING WONDERING?

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