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Protest 2020

Since the Spring of 2019, the largest civil protests in history have been sweeping over vast sections of the globe, beginning in Hong Kong in March of 2019 and continuing. Hong Kong people, in particular, stand at the forefront of our global struggle since they are basically at war in the streets demanding their human dignity, the sovereignty of their legal and traditional home, and freedom from mainland Chinese Communist tyranny. This year, 2020, the battle for Hong Kong continues and, inspired by the murder of George Floyd and others like him, anti-racism protests have been sweeping the planet, nurtured by the devastation and misery resulting from COVID-19.

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While not nearly as bloody as protests in other parts of the world - Iraq for example, with many hundreds of demonstrators already killed by security forces, or Iran where the number taken prisoner is not public information – Hong Kong is leading the way in media coverage and political influence. The stakes for the entire world are enormous, since the expansion, hegemony, and systemic human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Monster hang in the balance.With the rise and rejuvenation of the Hong Kong movement for sovereignty and freedom, protestors have followed their example across broad sections of not only Latin America, but also the Middle East. In both of these areas, most notably first Chile and then Lebanon, the fight is for greater levels of equality and a total restructuring of government in a call for greater democracy, inclusion, political participation, meritocracy, and a call for an end to corruption and human rights abuses. We at Protest2020 salute these developments, as we see them as paving the way for greater respect for human dignity in a volatile and rapidly evolving social order moving in directions that are hard to predict, yet largely determined by events on the ground, especially protests.

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Protest2020! 2020 is the year of protest, ushered in on the heels of 2019, which saw numerous social explosions in the last few months of the year. Climate change, in particular, is feeding a well-founded sense of fear, particularly among the vulnerable and their activist allies whose lives and futures are highly precarious. In fact, all of us are vulnerable, and awareness is growing of the way in which we are all in this together. While in most places, most notably Hong Kong, protests have turned violent and thousands of arrests have been made, there have not yet been large numbers of fatalities, although dozens of protestors have died and continue to die in South America. In other parts of the world, most notably the Middle East – home to warfare for decades – particularly in Iraq and its neighbor and former enemy Iran, hundreds of protestors have been killed with live, military-grade ammunition. After 5 years of civil war in Syria, protest has given way to military action hand in hand with death and destruction. The numbers of people murdered by the governments of the region are not fully known, and especially hard to verify in Iran, where a brutal religious dictatorship maintains a thick cloak of secrecy over such information.

Iran and its allies in Iraq are now moving precipitously towards war with the United States, in part because the mentally ill president of that country needs to wage war in order to win reelection. Large parts of the world that are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change are already suffering; places like the Philippines are experiencing devastating and lethal storms, one after the other, breaking all historical records.

Much of Australia has been on fire for months as we ring in 2020, accompanied by the hottest temperatures on record. This is changing Australian lives, politics, and the consciousness of the ordinary Australian who is now getting involved in the struggle to save their island, and coming to a better understanding of how their survival is linked to the rest of the world. In Japan, forces are growing in protest to push the Japanese government towards support for the Hong Kong protestors, confronting mainland China; also supporting the struggles of minority groups in mainland China, reporting on government abuses, etc. The US government has expressed its full support for the Hong Kong protestors, further escalating tensions between these two superpowers along with ally Russia. These tensions were already at their most aggravated moments as a result of the US/China trade war.

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To make matters still worse, especially for SE Asia, the North Korean dictator is threatening the use of a new strategic weapon. Our world on the arrival of 2020 is a tinderbox as never before. The 2020 presidential elections in the USA will be the single greatest determining factor for the survival of the planet. Given that the current president preaches a doctrine of conflict and confrontation rather than collaboration, and denies that climate change is even exacerbated by man-made actions, if he is re-elected, there will be little hope for our world in the short term.

Here at Protest2020.com, we invite you to protest, share your views, and help us all to march towards a more sustainable and peaceful world that will not totally implode, at least within our lifetimes, leaving hope for life to continue in more intelligent forms, better appreciating our planetary home. We ultimately seek harmony with nature so as to preserve life as we know it, as we dream it could be. Everything depends on how hard we are willing to fight to make it so.

 

Let’s get arrested, the more the merrier!

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