America Must Prevent Another Tiananmen Square and Stand for a Free Hong Kong

Anti-government protesters leave after their protest shut down the airport in Hong Kong, China, August 12, 2019. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)China, despite its pledges, is moving to consume the city and squelch protests. Congress must pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

As protests against Communist China continue in Hong Kong, the United States may want to recall a well-known fable, “The Scorpion and the Frog.” In this tale, the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across a stream, and the frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion gives assurances, “Because if I do, I will die, too.” So the two set out across the water, with the scorpion riding on the frog’s back. But midway through the river, the scorpion stings the frog. When the frog asks why the scorpion broke his promise, the scorpion replies, “Because it’s my nature.”

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Beijing has stung Hong Kong, repeatedly. It has violently broken its pledge under the framework of One Country, Two Systems, as Hong Kongers desperately try to protect their city from being consumed by China. It is now unclear whether a free Hong Kong can survive.

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