Jimmy Lai on Hong Kong protests: the resistance will go on
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Jimmy Lai on Hong Kong protests: the resistance will go on


RAISING DOUBTS ABOUT THE REGION’S GOVERNANCE. TELL US WHERE THIS COULD GO IF THIS CONTINUES, IF THE AUTONOMY CONTINUES TO BE THREATENED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND WHEN DID THIS CHANGE? WAS IT WHEN CHINA DECIDED IT WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORE WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORD WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORC WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORA WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORO WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORR WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORF WANTED TO HAVE A DICK DAY R TORR LIFE OR WHEN DO YOU THINK THIS STARTED TO CHANGE?>>WELL, IT CHANGED SINCE A LONG TIME AGO. I THINK SINCE THE LAST MAYBE 20 YEARS. BUT IT CHANGED RAPIDLY SINCE THE A XI-JINPING. WE’VE SEEN ENCROACHMENT ON OUR FREEDOM, ENCROACHMENT ON OUR RULE OF LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS. WE FEEL THAT, IF THIS IS NOT GOING TO STOP, IF WE DON’T FIGHT AND STOP THIS ENCROACHMENT, I THINK HONG KONG IS FINISHED. WITHOUT THE RULE OF YOU LAW WE WON’T HAVE THE FINANCIAL — WE WILL LOSE EVERYTHING WE HAVE. MARIA: ITS IS A BATTLE OF VALUES. IT’S A BATTLE OVER GOVERNANCE. YOU’VE GOT A COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP IN CHINA. YOU SAY THE QUESTIONS OVER AUTONOMY STARTED WITH THE ASENSE OF XI-JINPING. HE’S GOING TO BE IN POWER FOR LIFE. HE’S A DICTATOR FOR LIFE.>>I DON’T THINK HE WILL BE IN POWER FOR LIFE. HE CONCENTRATES ALL THE POWER HIMSELF. ALSO, THAT MEANS HE CONCENTRATES ALL THE ACCOUNTABILITY ON HIMSELF. NOW HE’S IN BIG TROUBLE. THE ECONOMY’S IN BIG TROUBLE. AND HIS OWN PARTY’S POWER STRUGGLE IS VERY SEVERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE LOST JOBS. THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO GRADUATE CANNOT FIND JOBS THE MOST. ONE THING IS VERY IMPORTANT IS XI-JINPING IS THE MOST EXCELLENT DICTATOR OF THE HUMAN HISTORY BECAUSE OF THE CONTROL OF RECOGNIZED PEOPLE’S FACE WHERE YOU GO, WHERE HAVE YOU BOUGHT, WHO ARE YOU WITH, WHAT HAVE YOU TALKED, ALL THAT, IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG, THEY DON’T ALLOW YOU TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT, THEY DON’T ALLOW YOU TO BUY A TRAIN TICKET. THEY DON’T ALLOW YOU INTO THE PUBLIC PLACES. ALL THAT SUPPRESSION IS UNPRECEDENTED. PEOPLE NEVER HAD SUCH A SUPPRESSION ON THIS. THIS CREATED RESENTIMENT AND RESISTANCE. IF THE ECONOMY GOES DOWN AND TRIGGERS THAT EMOTION, CAN EXPLODE, THAT COULD BE BIG PROBLEM FOR CHINA. MARIA: THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT POINT THAT YOU’RE MAKING BECAUSE CHINA HAS USED FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY IN AN UNPRECEDENTED WAY STATE SPONSORED FACIAL RECOGNITION, SO THEY KNOW WHO IS AT THE RALLIES AND WHATEVER YOU DO YOU GET A SCORE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, THE SCORE WILL TELL YOU IF YOU CAN TAKE A TRAIN RIDE. IF YOU’RE SMOKING TOO MUCH, YOU GET A BAD SCORE. JIMMY, ARE YOU AFRAID FOR YOUR OWN LIFE AFTER WHAT YOU SAID IN THIS INTERVIEW, ARE YOU AFRAID OF BEING A TARGET?>>NO, I’M NOT THINKING ABOUT THIS. IF I THINK ABOUT THIS, I WOULD LET THEM PRESSURE ME. THAT’S WHAT THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS WANT. I JUST THINK WHAT’S RIGHT TO DO AND NOW IS THE ETHICAL TIME FOR US TO DO SOMETHING GREAT. MARIA: OKAY.>>AND I THINK SOMETHING GREAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. MARIA: JIMMY LAI FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT, WE’RE WATCHING YOU FROM A ACROSS THE WORLD AND

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