EDITORIAL: Canadians must speak in Hong Kong | Instant News

Neville Chamberlain taught us that calming tyrants did not work. His grandeur of “peace in our day,” in 1938 came only one year before the Second World War.

The Soviet Union knew you could not force people to like communism. Eventually, those who were enslaved by his cruel orders would bring down the wall, as happened in Berlin in 1991.

The Chinese pandemic maneuver and its Hong Kong strategy backfired. This endangers the health, security and world economy with confusion and closure of the virus.

The plan was announced on Friday to introduce the so-called national security law that would act further on dissent in Hong Kong was outrageous and against the one-state-two-system agreement agreed when China took over the former British crown colony on 1997.

Under the guise of protecting against terrorism, this new law allows security forces from mainland China to be based in Hong Kong, effectively dampening dissent and placing the city under direct rule from Beijing.

We have seen from months of passionate protest that a large number of Hong Kong residents are eager to maintain freedom of speech, their right to assembly and the rule of law. That was what was promised at the time of the Chinese takeover and that was what they deserved.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to take history lessons from Chamberlain. Two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, have been illegally detained in China for 533 days. Playing patsy to China hasn’t worked. We are still no closer to getting their freedom now than we were on Day 1.

Of course, we have little influence with China, but we have the moral authority and obligation to our international allies to speak as one party in slamming this country which is fast becoming a naughty country.

Hammer and sickle are symbols of the Chinese Communist party. Clearly the crescent represents the Chinese cutting plot through its relationship with the rest of the world, and the hammer is a tool used to beat its own citizens into submission.

Speak now, prime minister. Show the world that Canada has a backbone and defends the little people in the face of bullies.

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