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Why the Hong Kong Protesters Keep Marching

Students, young professionals, and not-so-young Chinese have now demonstrated in Hong Kong for many weeks, despite the brutal attempts by the government to stop them.

The police have used clubs, tear gas, and water cannons—everything but dogs—to silence them. “If we didn’t protest,” one young woman said, “this might become just another Chinese city.”

Why are they protesting? What is so unique about Hong Kong?

According to Marxist doctrine, which recognizes only the material side of man, the residents of Hong Kong should be the most contented citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

Their per capita income is $58,322 ($1,000 higher than ours). Inflation is 2.6%, unemployment 3.4%. There are 87 billionaires in Hong Kong. According to The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong has the freest economy in the world.

And yet, the residents of Hong Kong are challenging the authority of their local government and the communist leadership in Beijing—thereby risking their fortunes and their lives.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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