- Hong King’s unique history has made it distinctly suited for being at the forefront of the battle for human rights and democracy, from British influence on common law traditions to thousands of refugees fleeing the communist mainland in the 1940s. They are Chinese people born and raised in the tradition of openness. They are a beacon for their brothers who were never given the liberties that they are entitled. This march, and others like it, will serve as an example for activists in Beijing and elsewhere who are preparing — even now — to challenge the government and take their rights back.
Publius has a rundown as usual of opposition forces in lots of far-away places. The question is are they really that far away in this global economy? No, not really. Oil comes from many of these countries. Terrorists too.