What happened and is happening in Hong Kong is heartbreaking.
The cherished right of freedom of expression and demonstration has been abused to carry out violent acts against the government and police.
These actions require orchestration, leadership and most importantly, money.
So where are these coming from?
“Hong Kong is a very strategic place for many of us…” said Lynn Lee, Associate Director for U.S. National Endowment for Democracy’s Asia program on May 14, during a panel discussion held in Washington D.C. The panel was attended by four of Hong Kong’s opposition leaders: Martin Lee, Nathan Law, Lee Cheuk Yan and Mak Yin-Ting.
A delegation of Hong Kong's opposition led by Martin Lee Chu-ming (second left), founder of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, attend a panel discussion hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy, a U.S. nongovernmental organization, in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2019 (FILE)
Two months before the NED gathering, Hong Kong opposition leaders led by Anson Chan went to Washington D.C., met with top U.S. officials and begged for money and support.
Their trips must have been very “successful,” because coincidentally enough, violent demonstrations in Hong Kong began shortly thereafter in June this year.
But you may be thinking this is just one isolated case that doesn’t necessarily justify the claim.
Then let’s go back to the “Occupy Central” demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2014.
Five months before the demonstrations began, on April 2 to be precise, the opposition parties made a similar trek to the NED in Washington D. C., where they also held a panel discussion, met with top U.S. officials and begged for money and support.
Martin Lee Chu-ming (left), founder of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, and Anson Chan (center), Hong Kong’s former chief secretary, at a panel discussion hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy, a U.S. nongovernmental organization, in Washington, D.C. on April 2, 2014 (FILE)
When both Chinese and foreign media accused NED of funding Hong Kong rioters in 2014, the NED posted an announcement on its website, claiming it had nothing to do with the demonstration.
But shortly afterwards, Wikileaks disclosed that “U.S. State Department/NED funded Hong Kong protest movement “Occupy Central.” A slap in the face.
NED’s Lynn Lee said to the visiting Hong Kong opposition parties this May that “At that time [in 2014], in 2015 and 16 and 17, I think every year I ask you: what can we do for you, what can we do for you?” Nathan Law, too young to make a decision, would always turn to Martin Lee, a veteran oppositionist, for help.
So what is NED anyway and why is it so powerful?
This organization is an extension of the CIA and has played a critical role in countless covert regime change operations from Libya to Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan. In its 35-year history, it has funded the opposition parties, dissidents, separatists, and extremists in the world’s most turbulent areas, with the goal of establishing pro-U.S. governments.
The NED is not an “endowment for democracy,” in reality, it’s an endowment for destabilization.
So which country is currently one of its biggest targets?
No. It’s China.
NED’s website shows a blatant discrimination. Other countries that it covers are discussed as a whole, like Viet Nam, Cambodia and Pakistan. But when it comes to China, China is dissected into four parts, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the mainland. This is tantamount to splitting the country, which some separatist forces are trying to do. And NED’s public data shows in 2018, a generous $6.5 million was distributed among dissidents, separatists and extremists in China, which is not just interfering in a sovereign country’s internal affairs but also actively trying to stir up strife and violence.
In total, public data showed $29 million of NED’s money was turned over to these forces in China over the past three years.
But this money is just the tip of the iceberg since most of the NED’s spending is “too sensitive” to disclose to the public.
This is not only brazen interference in the internal affairs of China, but also a massive waste of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars.
Think of where all that money could be going instead! When U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted on July 2 to praise the protestors in Hong Kong, the immediate replies from her followers were the ones to urge her to “do your job,” and “For months, Americans have been calling and emailing you, showing up at your offices, and posting signs in swing districts to IMPEACH! If America wasn’t as geographically widespread as it is, you’d see more protesters than Hong Kong.”
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