In recent weeks, Hong Kong protesters have been waving the American Flag in their demonstrations.
The use of the flag has appeared to move into mainstream symbolism with the protests. These protests have only grown stronger, even shutting down the Hong Kong Airport.
Video of protesters waving the American Flag can be seen below.
HKers again wave US flags and sing the US anthem. We welcome US! #LiberateHK @washingtonpost @CBSNews @cnnbrk @cnni @FoxNews @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse @PressSec @SpeakerPelosi @RepMcGovern @marcorubio @SteveKBannon @VOAChinese @SecPompeo @RFI @VP @trish_regan @tedcruz pic.twitter.com/doeg943Y1W
— LiberateHongKong-北歐心科學 (@HKNordicHearts) August 4, 2019
Some have also protested in favor of The 2nd Amendment.
This phenomenon appears to have started in early to mid July when Joey Gibson and his companion Carmen Estel of Patriot Prayer traveled to Hong Kong to attend the protests.
— Patriot Prayer Joey Gibson (@JoeyRockstone) July 5, 2019
— Patriot Prayer Joey Gibson (@JoeyRockstone) July 4, 2019
Since Joey and Carmen left, protesters picked up where they left off and continue to fly the American flag as they demonstrate for the values it represents.
During their time in Hong Kong, they were also in the company of Bob Kraft, a pastor who has lived in Hong Kong for 20 years. Kraft has since been arrested.
Carmen Estel spoke with the Libertarian Republic:
“We went to Hong Kong because we wanted to bring the story back home, because it wasn’t getting much coverage at the time,” Estel said. “On the 4th of July, Joey wanted to go to a flag store to buy American Flags. We took a 40 minute Uber ride to the other side of the harbor.”
Carmen and Joey stood outside of a Chinese military compound waving their flags for hours. This is where they met Bob Kraft, who was outside the compound with a Betsy Ross Flag.
Carmen told The Libertarian Republic that this Chinese military compound is in the middle of Hong Kong.
“They have a military presence, but they don’t do much. It is walled and guarded, and their guards just sit there with their guns; you look at them and they look at you,” Carmen added.
Bob Kraft, who flew his flag with Joey and Carmen, has since been arrested.
Mr. Bob Kraft, a US pastor in Hong Kong, was arrested in Sai Wan for being accused of using an invalid ID card! https://t.co/gNE8iuIFGA#LiberateHK@washingtonpost @CBSNews @cnni @FoxNews @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse @PressSec @SpeakerPelosi @RepMcGovern @marcorubio @VOAChinese pic.twitter.com/9RA2eLpk2c
— Snow Fang (@Snow_Fang2) August 5, 2019
Carmen stated they were involved in several protests. She recounted a protest at a train station, which is where Chinese tourists would enter Hong Kong.
“The Chinese Government was telling people from mainland China that these protests were in favor of the extradition bill. Hong Kong Protesters staged at the train station to show the tourists that this wasn’t the case. They wanted people visiting from China to know why they were protesting.”
Carmen also stated that the Hong Kong protesters were very supportive of their presence, offering them helmets and masks. Most were thrilled with them waving the American Flag, which has since become an iconic symbol of protest in Hong Kong.
She reported that people wore masks because they were afraid of China’s Facial Recognition system. Even though there currently is no extradition law, China has been known to kidnap booksellers inside of Hong Kong and transport them out.
Joey Gibson also spoke with The Libertarian Republic about Hong Kong.
Gibson is especially worried about the escalation of force against Hong Kong protesters from Chinese Triads, as well as Police, and the looming threat of China’s military amassing around the Hong Kong border.
“It’s up to the people of Hong Kong to be massacred or secure their freedom. But the people of Hong Kong want to secure their freedom, and they want that to be a message to the people of the world; To give hope to the people of Tibet and Taiwan is watching closely,” Gibson told The Libertarian Republic.
“When Tiananmen Square happened, there was no Social Media so hardly any video of it exists. We’ve already seen plenty of video come out of Hong Kong. Sure, China may have a kill switch, but what we’ve seen sets the story.”
And if China did kill the internet, we could only assume the worst based on what we’ve seen.
President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that resolving the Hong Kong situation should be a prerequisite to trade negotiations.
..deferral to December. It actually helps China more than us, but will be reciprocated. Millions of jobs are being lost in China to other non-Tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2019
President Trump followed up stating that he would like a personal meeting with China’s President Xi.
I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a “tough business.” I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2019
Gibson hopes that President Trump can use these trade talks as a means to helping the people of Hong Kong. But ultimately he believes that power rests with the everyday American.
“Everyone believes that China owns us, but really we own China because they rely on our consumers,” Gibson said. “The Right wants people to put Americans first and buy American. The Left hates the secret prisons, organ harvesting of prisoners, and the concentration camps of over a million Muslims that our consumer dollars finance.”
Gibson believes there should be some very easy common ground for Americans to unite on this issue.
“It doesn’t just end with Hong Kong or even Taiwan. China is building man-made islands in proximity to other countries to threaten them too,” Gibson added.
These man-made islands are being constructed in the South China Sea, inching closer towards the Japanese Senkaku Islands, which China believes they own due to being resource rich.
“These people are fighting for their lives, their futures, and the lives and futures of their children,” Carmen said.
She also stated that Joey wants to go back.