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  • Hong Kong authorities

  • Could start a new crackdown.

  • Are things getting worse in Hong Kong?

  • Or is it part of the CCP's  internal power struggle?

  • Welcome to China Uncensored. I'm Chris Chappell.

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  • One year after the Chinese  Communist Party imposed a harsh  

  • national security law on Hong Kong, things  are looking pretty good...for the Party.

  • The Communist Party is well on their way  to remaking Hong Kong in their image.

  • Stifling freedom of the press.

  • Crushing democracy.

  • And molding the impressionable minds of Hong  Kong's youth withpatriotic education.”

  • Here's one of the biggest signs  of how Hong Kong has changed  

  • under the national security law. Hong  Kong used to be the only place in China  

  • where people could commemorate  the Tiananmen Square massacre.

  • And they did every year, even  last year during the coronavirus.

  • As part of the deal to give Hong Kong  to the People's Republic of China,  

  • the UK made the Chinese regime promise  

  • to leave Hong Kong's freedoms intact for 50  years after they took over the territory.

  • Hong Kong's annual Tiananmen vigil  

  • was seen as a test of whether the Communist  Party was actually honoring their promise.

  • Here's a thought. If a country you're making  a deal with has to promise *not* to take away  

  • people's freedoms...maybe that's a sign you  shouldn't make a deal with that country.

  • Because here's what happened. This year, under  the national security law, Hong Kong had no vigil.  

  • Police locked down the park and  arrested one of the organizers.

  • And it wasn't just that the vigil was  stopped. Some people tried to open a  

  • Tiananmen massacre museum. Then they had  to shut it down because the police started  

  • investigating them. For...licensing issues. Sure.

  • But hey, why do you need a Tiananmen massacre  museum when you can have a museum about the  

  • glorious Communist Party instead?! One that will  definitely not mention the Tiananmen massacre.

  • So the Chinese Communist Party promised to  leave Hong Kong's freedoms intact for 50 years  

  • and they made it for...less than 24 years.

  • And that's why you should never trustCommunist. They're always missing their Marx.

  • Hong Kongers see the writing  on the wall...literally.

  • Which is why many are starting to leave.

  • But for those who are staying, there  is another sign many Hong Kongers are  

  • watching to see how bad the Communist  Party's crackdown is going to get.

  • That canary in the coalmine is the bright yellow  t-shirts of Hong Kong's Falun Gong practitioners.

  • And that canary is in danger.  I'll tell you why after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • Like Hong Kong's Tiananmen vigilHong Kong's Falun Gong practitioners  

  • have been a symbol of the city's  freedoms for more than 20 years.

  • Falun Gong, sometimes called Falun  Dafa, is a Chinese spiritual practice.  

  • In the late 1990s, there were between 70 to  100 million people practicing Falun Gong,  

  • according to the Chinese government.

  • But under former Chinese leader and shriveled  

  • toad Jiang Zemin , the Chinese  Communist Party banned Falun Gong.

  • And the Party began a long campaign  to eradicate it. Including arresting  

  • and torturing, and even killing  Falun Gong members for their organs.

  • But Hong Kong supposedly has  freedom of speech and religion.  

  • And in Hong Kong, Falun Gong islegally registered organization.  

  • So Hong Kong became the only place in  China where Falun Gong was allowed.

  • Falun Gong practitioners would  set up booths around Hong Kong  

  • to raise awareness about the  Communist Party's persecution  

  • just across the border in mainland China. Many  of these booths were aimed at Chinese tourists.

  • They also called out the  Communist Party in general.  

  • These banners sayHeaven will  destroy the Chinese Communist Party,  

  • Heaven will bless the Chinese nationandLoving  the country does not mean loving the Party.”

  • The Chinese Communist Party did not like  this. But they couldn't officially do anything  

  • about it, since they were supposed to leave  Hong Kong's freedoms alone. So instead  

  • they used proxy groups to target Falun Gong.

  • The biggest one of these was the Hong Kong  Youth Care Association. It was part of the  

  • Communist Party's United Front, which are  groups that are controlled by the Communist  

  • Party. United Front groups do stuff on behalf of  the Party while posing as regular organizations.

  • For example, the Hong Kong Youth Care Association  set up anti-Falun Gong banners next to the Falun  

  • Gong booths and monitored, harassed, and  even assaulted Falun Gong practitioners.

  • This went on for almost a decade. Then suddenly  at the end of last year, the Hong Kong Youth  

  • Care Association disbanded. They just packed  up their banners and left. It's not clear why.

  • But that doesn't mean Falun Gong's  troubles in Hong Kong are over.

  • Because now pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers  

  • are calling on the Hong Kong government to outlaw  Falun Gong, under the national security law.

  • Legislator Elizabeth Quat saidexternal  forces are making use of 'religious groups'  

  • and 'media organisations' as a disguise  for extending anti-China forces in the  

  • city.” She also said that Falun Gong was one  of these organizations and should be outlawed.

  • Separately, Elizabeth Quat has said the BBC  

  • should be banned in Hong Kong because  it produces fake news to smear China.

  • Wait, Elizabeth Quat said thatexternal  forcesare usingreligious groups”  

  • andmedia organizations”? Clearly  the CIA is using Falun Gong and the  

  • BBC to subvert Hong Kong! Why  didn't we realize this before?

  • So, Quat seems like a very reasonable person who  

  • is not at all bootlicking to  appease the Communist Party.

  • But Quat wasn't the only one. Other pro-Beijing  lawmakers accused the Hong Kong government of  

  • beingweakin the past abouthandlingFalun  Gong and urged authorities to ban the group.

  • In response, Hong Kong's Secretary for  Security Chris Tang said the government  

  • willlook closely intowhether Falun Gong  is in breach of the national security law.

  • But he refused to comment further.

  • So if we're using Falun Gong's presence in  Hong Kong as a barometer for how bad the  

  • Chinese Communist Party's repression of Hong Kong  will get, this is bad... but not the worst. Yet.

  • Pro-Beijing lawmakers are trying to pressure  the Hong Kong government to ban Falun Gong,  

  • but the government isn't committing to anything.

  • But there are signs it could get worseRecent articles in Chinese state-run media  

  • are trying to connect Falun Gong to what they  are callingterrorist attacksin Hong Kong,  

  • including the man who stabbed a Hong Kong  policeman before killing himself on July 1st.

  • There's no evidence that the man had any  connection to Falun Gong. Chinese state media  

  • are basing their accusation on the fact that  the reporter who accidentally filmed the  

  • attack during a livestream is tied to a media  company linked to Falun Gong practitioners.

  • Now, that might sound like Chinese state media are  being ridiculous. But actually it's really smart.  

  • Because if reporters who livestream events  can be held responsible for those events,  

  • think about all those media who  livestreamed the Hong Kong protests!  

  • They're all responsible for  the protests! Lock 'em up!

  • Wait a minute...

  • we livestreamed the Hong Kong  protests. Don't lock 'em up!

  • By the way, this Global Times article is  not just about Falun Gong. It also attacks  

  • lots of Hong Kong Christian organizations  for supporting the pro-democracy movement,  

  • which could mean that a bigger religious  crackdown is coming to Hong Kong.

  • Now in some ways, a Falun Gong ban in Hong  Kong seems like just a matter of time.  

  • People were worried about it last year, as  soon as the national security law was passed.

  • But Hong Kong authorities spent the past  year targeting people directly involved  

  • in the 2019 protests, and left Falun Gong alone.

  • At this point, every prominent Hong Kong  activist is now either in jail or in exile.  

  • So Hong Kong authorities may  be looking for a new target.

  • Especially now that authorities have forced  pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily to shut  

  • down. Because the Hong Kong edition of the  Epoch Times, which was started by Falun Gong  

  • practitioners, is now the only local media that  actively opposes the Chinese Communist Party.

  • They've already been attacked  several times in the past year.

  • First, thugs wrecked their printing press.

  • Then thugs attacked a local  reporter with a baseball bat.

  • The Epoch Times says they won't back down.

  • But it turns out the Falun Gong issue in  Hong Kong could be more complicated. And  

  • a ban might not happen yet. Because of  factional infighting within the Party.

  • More after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • The Falun Gong issue in Hong Kong could be  more complicated than it looks on the surface.  

  • That's because of a power struggle  within the Chinese Communist Party.

  • That's according to SinoInsider, a  China political risk consultancy .

  • You know what that means. It's time  for another installment of everyone's  

  • favorite communist soap opera, General Hostility .

  • Previously on General HostilityHong Kong is a battleground  

  • between Chinese President Xi Jinping  and former toad leader Jiang Zemin.

  • Xi tried to go after Jiang and his cronies' wealth  

  • in Hong Kong. Jiang tried to force Xi to  crush Hong Kong protests with violence.

  • Neither side succeededWho has the upper hand now?

  • In the deadly political battle between Xi Jinping  and Jiang Zemin , Hong Kong has been a stronghold  

  • for Jiang's faction. But Xi might use the  Falun Gong issue in Hong Kong to his advantage.

  • According to SinoInsider, in the debate between  Hong Kong Secretary for Security Chris Tang  

  • and pro-Beijing lawmakers, Tang  was speaking for Xi's faction  

  • when he refused to commit to banning Falun Gong.

  • While the pro-Beijing lawmakers trying to start a  

  • crackdown on Falun Gong were  speaking for Jiang's faction.

  • Basically, for years Jiang's faction  has been trying to get Xi Jinping  

  • to take over responsibility for  the crackdown on Falun Gong,  

  • which Jiang started. Meanwhile Xi has been  resisting that. He wants to use the threat  

  • of exposing the true extent of the Jiang faction's  actions against Falun Gong to keep them in line.

  • Xi has also been slowly  dismantling Jiang's power base.

  • That includes things like  eliminating the 610 Office,  

  • which Jiang used to persecute  Falun Gong and accumulate power.

  • If that carries over to Hong Kong, it would  explain the sudden disbanding of the Hong Kong  

  • Youth Cares Association last year, which  was also used to persecute Falun Gong.

  • Meanwhile, the Jiang faction wants to use unrest  in Hong Kong to undermine Xi Jinping's ability  

  • to get a record third term as Party  leader, which he will try to do next year.

  • Xi obviously wants to prevent thatBecause Xi wants to be presitator for life.

  • According to SinoInsider, if Xi succeeds against  Jiang, he may increase the suppression of Falun  

  • Gong in Hong Kong, but he wouldn't outright ban  the group before he gets a third term next year.

  • But if Jiang comes out on top, then the ban  on Falun Gong could happen a lot quicker,  

  • because Jiang's faction would use that to  blame Xi for a harsher Hong Kong crackdown.  

  • Their ultimate goal is to weaken Xi  enough to get rid of him altogether.

  • That's intense. General Hostility  always keeps me on the edge of my seat.

  • The Chinese Communist Party just  celebrated its 100th birthday.  

  • But with the power struggle between  Jiang and Xi getting worse by the day,  

  • will the Party make it to 101? Find  out next time on...General Hostility.

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