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In June, police stormed the offices of Apple Daily, one of the last pro-democracy newspapers and an unapologetic defender of Hong Kong's autonomy.

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When Hong Kong passed its controversial national security law in June 2020, opponents warned that it would lead to censorship of voices critical of China's Communist government, which sought to bring the semi-autonomous city back under its control. Those fears were vindicated in mid-June, when police stormed the offices of Apple Daily, one of the last pro-democracy newspapers and an unapologetic defender of Hong Kong's autonomy.

Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers raided the paper's offices, arresting the editor in chief, opinion writers, and executives, along with employees of Apple Daily's parent company, Next Digital. When the publication announced that it was closing due to staff safety concerns and an inability to pay salaries after the government froze its bank accounts, Hongkongers lined up at newsstands early on June 24 to buy one last edition of the newspaper that had long helped keep them entertained, informed, and free.

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  1. Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers raided the paper’s offices, arresting the editor in chief, opinion writers, and executives, along with employees of Apple Daily’s parent company, Next Digital.

    Just in case you were wondering if, push come to shove, the police would side with a tyrannical government against the very citizens they took an oath to serve and protect. For further evidence, see the recent videos of half-a-dozen French police beating the shit out of the woman who wasn’t wearing a mask in public or the German police hitting a little kid in the face because he was at a protest over the mask mandates or the Australian military swarming a group of anti-lockdown protesters or US soldier who suggested she would be happy shooting protesters in the face in the event the military were called out to enforce Covid restrictions.

    1. They live for that shit.

      1. We’ll eventually see if they’re willing to die for it, too.

        1. Assuming you survive the Civil War you evidently want over abortion.

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    2. That’s police everywhere. It’s the ultimate power trip. Cops literally do whatever they want because no one will stop them. That’s why every corrupt and tyrannical regime has never had a shortage of enforcers. Because there’s always a supply of assholes who enjoy hurting people.

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  2. Just trying to keep the people safe from false narratives and misinformation, say Democrats.

    1. Destroying democracy in order to save it?

    2. During the Tae-ping rebellion which pitted Jesus freaks against Emperor-worship long before Hirohito made it fashionable, cannibalism was widespread all over China. Under communism they eat dogs just as Europeans ate rats when National Socialism ran rampant. These are only some of the reasons libertarians are not attracted to communism or christian national socialism.

      1. Another crazy as a piss ant in a hailstorm [credit to Faulkner] muted.

  3. The staff at Reason have no such concerns since, unlike Apple Daily’s, they are loyal to the ruling regime.

    1. Good point. I mean, they were mean to Trump which means they’re loyal to Biden, even though they’re just as critical of him as they were of Trump. Conservatives used to be the rational ones, but now you’re just as emotionally driven as Tony.

  4. Hongkongers lined up at newsstands early on June 24 to buy one last edition of the newspaper that had long helped keep them entertained, informed, and free.

    Yes, buying a keep-sake will certainly show those chicoms won’t it.

    Like the Afghan all-wimmens robot team… those gurls should have put on a uniform, carried a gun, and hunted down and killed their muslim tormenters (who are probably their kin and neighbors). But they didn’t, instead they went to the gym to practice for the wimmens Olympics because in the end, they don’t understand Liberty and they certainly don’t want to do the work necessary to achieve it. If they killed enough muslim men, then these precious things would be the majority and could make the rules. Spoiler Alert: their rules would look a lot like the old rules.

    Hong-Kong is lost. As is Taiwan. And Western Civilization…

    1. Reminds me of the young male tennis star, years ago, who went around asking the West to intervene in the Balkans slaughter while he went on banking big $$$ on the tennis circuit.

      1. I recall a film clip showing young Cambodian males sequestered in a school yard [1974-5], kicking a soft rubber ball around the recess area, as the Khmer Rouge took over the country. I understood at the time that if their families could get them into a “school” that they would be exempt from military service.

        I wonder how many of them ended up with a plastic bag over their head?

  5. I’m sure we’ll get all kinds of weepy tears when China does this to Taiwan.

    Why wouldn’t they act now when Biden is so weak, and will be unable to stop them.

    Maybe our military can educate them on gender studies.

  6. When was Hong Kong autonomous?

  7. Well we’re not allowed to criticize China’s Communist government either. The Big Tech arm of the government enforces it here and there.

  8. Who did not see this coming?

  9. Seems like mainland china is just trying to clamp down on misinformation.

  10. Yep. Communist China is clearly the role model for both halves of the looter Kleptocracy.

  11. Free trade with China resulting in more freedom in China is pretty much the libertarian version of the neoconservative regime change in the Middle East.

    Great idea, but the end result was something of a disaster.

    What has happened here is that China has basically taken over our companies with their values.

    1. Sorry to say, but I have to agree.

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