Aren’t you afraid? I asked, gingerly. “We are afraid,” they quickly
admitted. They even giggled, but it got serious quickly. This is our
last chance, they said very matter-of-factly. If we stand down, nothing
will stand between us and mainland China, they said. They talked about
Xinjiang, and what China had done to the Uighur minority. I’ve heard
about the fate of the Uighurs from so many protesters over the months.
China may have wanted to make an example out of the region, but the
lesson Hong Kongers took was in the other direction—resist with all your
might, because if you lose once, there will be a catastrophe for your
people, and the world will ignore it.
The two women weren’t sure
whether they would win. That’s also something I’ve heard often—these
protesters aren’t the most optimistic group. No rose-colored glasses
here. “But we cannot give up,” one insisted, “because if we do, there
will be no future for us anyway. We might as well go down fighting.”
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This is amazing. But I agree. Better to go down fighting.