Our own Laura Loomer received a fan letter from “one of the Hong Kongers” Tuesday, thanking her and other right wingers for standing up against censorship and free speech.
“I would like to acknowledge this letter to express my greatest gratitude to your dedication to fight for authentic free speech on the internet and off the internet,” the letter begins.
Though the English is a bit rough, the letter acknowledges Loomer as the protestor’s inspiration to fight for freedom of expression, noting that her ban from social media was a turning point which sparked action. The protestor said that he or she is on the “frontline of battle with China and [the] Deep State” in Hong Kong.
“Mass surveillance and AI, espionage on [the] communication network is the tip of [the] iceberg,” the letter said.
The protestor explained that he/she and the rest of those fighting for democracy in Hong Kong marched peacefully in the beginning, but on June 12, began tearing down an “intelligent lamppost[s]” used for surveillance by the state, and acknowledged Paul Joseph Watson’s reporting on the incident in an August tweet.
The protestor also said that he or she uses Twitter as a tool to spread the word about the goings-on in Hong Kong, but also notes that the “social giants” are “notorious of [sic] working with China.”
“We all believe freedom of speech is the prerequisite of freedom and democracy,” the letter says. “Hope we can succeed.”
Watson posted the letter to his Twitter account:
Naturally, internet trolls did not trust that the letter was real, but Loomer provided a photo of the envelope, postmarked from Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong protestors are making some headway in their fight against the communist Beijing regime, which began over an extradition bill that would allow citizens of Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China to face criminal charges. That did not sit well with the people of Hong Kong, as China’s criminal justice system is not exactly what one would describe as transparent.
Wednesday, the protestors won their battle against the extradition bill.
“Hong Kong’s leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, said last month that she would formally withdraw the bill, and the government officially did so on Wednesday,” The New York Times reported. “But protests have continued over other demands, including an investigation into the use of force by the police, amnesty for arrested protesters and direct elections.”
One of the mottos of the protestors is “five demands, not one less.” What started as a protest against just one bill has turned into a protest for full-fledged Democracy.
“Aside from the withdrawal of the [extradition] bill, the protesters had also demanded an independent probe into the use of force by police; amnesty for arrested protesters; a halt to categorising the protests as riots; and the implementation of universal suffrage,” South China Morning Post reported.
But veterans of protests against the Chinese regime in Beijing like Wang Dan, who protested in the infamous Tiananmen Square incident in 1989, remain cautious.
“The Communist Party is determined to let blood flow in Hong Kong,” Wang said in a recent interview.