Hong Kong Tycoon Warns Protesters and Beijing Against Violence
Hong Kong‚Äôs richest man bought the full front pages of many local newspapers Friday morning to run a pair of ads that cautioned protesters and authorities against further violence.
One of the ads taken out by Li Ka-shing‚ÄĒa 91-year-old tycoon worth $27 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index‚ÄĒwas aimed at the Chinese government. It referenced a Tang dynasty poem that calls on an empress not to kill her own children. The other, aimed at protesters, called for an end to violence and cautioned that the best intentions can have the worst outcomes.
The ads by a businessman who made a fortune navigating the tricky politics of Hong Kong and Beijing followed a week of some of the worst incidents of violence in more than two months of demonstrations....
Vincent Yu wrote: Following weeks of violent clashes with police, a sea of Hong Kong demonstrators defied a police ban and peacefully marched through the streets in one of the biggest rallies the territory has seen so far.
Key points: ‚ÄĘ More than 1.7 million Hong Kong protesters rallied yesterday, organisers said ‚ÄĘ It is the biggest turnout since the initial June 16 march more than two months ago ‚ÄĘ People of all ages, including children and the elderly, demonstrated peacefully
excerpt from, "Hong Kong protesters defy ban to return in huge numbers for peaceful rally"
Really smart move on the people of Hong Kong part ‚Ěó Communist China would look very bad if they brought in the troops now
South China Morning Post wrote: .... Some pro-Beijing scholars admit it is not that Beijing does not know the popular will of the pro-democracy movement, but rather that it has neither the will nor the intention to act upon their demands.
‚ÄúTake the calls for universal suffrage as an example,‚ÄĚ said Lau, the former Hong Kong government adviser. ‚ÄúIn Beijing‚Äôs eyes, there are still anti-communist and anti-China forces in Hong Kong, who are hoping to seize power to rule Hong Kong via general election. How can it respond to such calls?‚ÄĚ...
excerpt from, "Blindsided: Why does Beijing keep getting Hong Kong wrong?"
I also thought that the article from the WSJ was good, especially since I had a chance to read it all.