More then 1,7 million Chinese workers, students and youth are demonstrating for over 4 months now against the pro-Beijing regime of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. She is the voice of the capitalist CCP (Chinese ”Communist” Party) dictatorship in Hong-Kong. Under her rule the CCP regime tried to enforce a law that could deport critics of Xi Jinping to the mainland. The sides are clear in this conflict. Government bureaucrats, capitalists and right-wing nationalists support Carrie Lam, while most ordinary workers, students and leftists oppose her. Beijing is given full support to their Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China!
China is not a socialist society and the Chinese ”Communist” Party (CCP) is not a revolutionary workers party. We known this by the way this political party is ruling the People’s Republic of China. Before the 1980’s, the PRC was a deformed ”workers state”. This means that although the means of production were nationalized, workers did not have any saying in the planning and production. Also there was no political democracy as no criticism of the communist party was (and remains) allowed. It was Deng Xiaoping who made the move towards state-capitalism and opened China up to foreign capitalists. Today many top Chinese capitalists belong to the CCP as members!
The pro-Beijing regime is supported by the HK police, but they have a reactionary mob that is organized to attack and intimidate opponents. The Politihk Social Strategic is a far-right nationalist group, founded in 2016 to support police brutality against the opponents of the Hong-Kong (HK) government. The origins of these ”White Shirts” (named after their white t-shirts) can be traced back to 2014, during the Umbrella Demonstrations. Beijing rallied its nationalist supporters and out of this pro-CCP group came the Politihk Social Strategic. White shirts cheered the election of Carrie Lam in 2017 and act as her Storm-troopers. This we have seen during the recent protests were White Shirts attacked those who openly defy the HK government!
In July, the White Shirts went into the Yuen Long MTR station and assaulted anti-Beijing protesters. 45 were injured including 4 journalists as the gang used metal and bamboo rods to slash out indiscriminately at passengers leaving late night subway trains. The HK Police arrived too late and did not arrest anybody. We know why, because the HK Police is controlled by Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the pro-Beijing puppet leader. Revolutionary socialists in Hong-Kong understand very well that the police and government will not protect the public and democratic rights against the brutal attacks by the Politihk Social Strategic!
The revolutionary socialist organisation: Socialist Action has draws clear parallels between the fascists of the 1920’s/30’s and these modern ones. Both were controlled by capitalist interests as both Italian and German ruling classes believed they could use the far-right to destroy the workers movement. The Chinese ”Communist” Party also thinks they can destroy the will to fight back, against their brutal capitalist politics. This is why far-right groups are tolerated by the police. They are the shock-troops, the mob that is used to assault and intimidate the 1,7 million Chinese who dare to say NO, to the authoritarian methods of the HK government!
Socialist Action says:
“The vicious gang attack [in Yuen Long] must be answered in the most powerful and decisive way. This is an attack on the whole mass democracy struggle… Self-defence is a human right. But it needs to be organised. It needs to be responsible, not looking to attack, but only to secure the safety of mass protesters and ordinary public…”
The CCP, the HK government and the White Shirts say that the protesters are disrupting the lives of millions. Disruption however is needed, because 1,7 million Chinese workers, students, old and young in Hong-Kong do not want to be ruled over by a puppet regime. Capitalists, nationalists and far-right thugs don’t mind authoritarian rule. But socialists and other democratic minded people care. We want a Hong-Kong that is free and not controlled either by capitalist interests or by bureaucratic state interests. Our alternative is a socialist Hong-Kong under control of the millions, not the millionaires or the members of the right-wing: Chinese ”Communist” Party!
If the HK government is losing control then Beijing might send troops to crush the demonstrations. Back in 1989 they also used force and killed over 2000. Therefore it is vital that there is organization and unity between workers in HK and those in the rest of China. The Chinese media is not free and is broadcasting the propaganda of the government. Socialist Action thinks that the movement against the CCP can be won if there is a political force that can provide a alternative. In the eyes of Socialist Action and Revolutionary Socialist Media, this alternative can only be genuine socialism. The ”Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” is nothing more but a facade for pro-capitalist nationalism!
There are those within the protest movement who think that western governments would help them. Some even have applied to Donald Trump for support. This comes out of a foolish beleive that the western world cares about human rights. Many in Hong-Kong have this fictional believe that their lives were better under British colonialism. Western propaganda did a good job at indoctrination many. But reality remains that HK was not given independence in 1997, it was turned over to the pro-capitalist PRC. Great Britain demanded that the mainland would not impose its ”socialist system” (state-capitalism) for 50 years. Beijing agreed as the ruling class of HK came to understand that the CCP would support them, if they acted patriotic which many did!