On June 4, 1989, thirty-one years ago, Tiananmen Square protests ended in Beijing, China. They had a dramatic outcome, with students, intellectuals and citizens massacred by the Chinese government. Today in Hong Kong, a former British colony that became in all respects Chinese in 1997, the regime intervenes with repressive “national security” laws in open contrast to the formula “one China, two systems” thanks to which Hong Kong could have been administered according to the democratic principles inherited from the United Kingdom for 50 years.
In Hong Kong, strong popular protests have started since 2019 against the Chinese administration, which has responded with repressive actions and indiscriminate arrests. Arrests also occurred on June 4, during a commemoration of Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong. “Turning the other way is no longer possible,” comments the Radical Association Enzo Tortora, which organized a demonstration on Thursday 4th in front of the Chinese consulate in Milan in via Benaco.
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“Italy and Europe are observing the destruction of the rule of law in Hong Kong immobile and powerless because they are afraid of the Chinese economic power, which in the meantime is taking the first steps towards becoming cultural hegemony. China’s intervention on Hong Kong today is not so armed, but above all “regulated”, with a repressive law on national security that will allow the police to imprison anyone who seeks to demonstrate and democratically express their dissent towards the Government; a law that kills one of the fundamental rights born right here in the West after years of struggle; a law that destroys the formula “One country, two systems” and consequently freedom in Hong Kong ».