Asian Youth Unites in Alliance To Resist Communist China

Protesters flash the salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, on Aug. 10, 2020. (AFP)



The campaign for democracy is far from over in Asia despite heightened efforts of the tyrannical regimes to discourage it.

 

A pro-democracy wave has continued to rise in Asia despite the heightened efforts of the tyrannical regimes to punish protesters and advocates. From Thailand to Singapore and from Vietnam to Hong Kong, young campaigners for democracy across are issuing calls for international support on social media with a hashtag #MilkTeaAlliance.

Because the campaign for democracy is far from over in the Eastern and South-Eastern Asia.

On Wednesday evening, thousands of protesters marched from Bangkok’s Democracy Monument to Government House. On Thursday morning, police arrested more than 20 participants for violating the state of emergency. Among them were protest leaders Arnon Nampha, Parit “Penguin” Chiwark, and Prasiddhi Grudharochana.

The protesters said they wanted King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was scheduled to drive the protest, to see that the youth demands democracy and respect for fundamental human rights.

But deputy police spokesman stated that the demonstration would be a breach of law.

Those who are calling for a protest later at Rajaprasong are clearly breaking the law. Those who attend will be breaking the law, he emphasised.

The protest took place, and it was the third major pro-democracy public gathering in the last two months by democracy proponents who want to keep up the momentum in their campaign for democratic change.

The demand has angered the regime and its supporters arguing, that the royal institution has long been considered sacrosanct and a pillar of Thai identity. It is also protected by a lese majeste law that mandates three to fifteen years.

One of the leaders of Thai pro-democracy movement Mr. Arnon Nampha. (AFP)



But in modern times, the Thai regime transformed itself into policy and military regime fed by corruption and stamping on all of the citizens' rights, the critics stated. The regime has been under the heavy influence of the Chinese Communist Party.

The social media hashtags are aiding pro-democracy activists to inform, communicate, and connect with similar minded people in the world.

Thai student activist Francis Bunkueanun Paothong was getting ready to issue a call to arms via the same hashtag as police began an operation targeting protesters ahead of a major demonstration planned for Thursday.

Dear people of the Milk Tea Alliance, he said via a video statement posted to Twitter.

"Half an hour ago, Thai police began operation of forced removal of protesters preparing themselves for tomorrow's main protest. They used tactics far beyond what a human being can bear," Francis said.

"I come to you with nothing to offer but our unconditional support to our brothers and sisters overseas, who are now engaged in the fight, the revolution, of their lifetimes."


Asian pro-democracy youth formed a #MilkTeaAlliance to turn for the international support.

 

 

Messages of support appeared quickly, many of them apparently from Hong Kong.

"Please stay safe! This is just like what happened in Hong Kong in the past year," user @sajujuandjuju wrote in reply. "Hongkongers will always support our Thai friends. Please let us know how we can help!"

"Hkers always stand with Thailand!! Fighting and be safe," another user wrote.

The #MilkTeaAlliance hashtag took off earlier this year, during an international flame war between China's "Little Pink" pro-Communist Party commentators and residents of Thailand, Hong Kong, and the democratic island of Taiwan, which recently hailed India as part of the Milk Tea Alliance for its flying the island's flag to mark its Oct. 10 National Day.

Se Hoon Kim, a Korean-American student at the University of Rochester in New York State, said the key concept is resistance to authoritarian rule and influence, in particular, that of the Chinese Communist Party.

Se Hoon Kim, a Korean-American student at the University of Rochester in New York State, said the key concept is resistance to authoritarian rule and influence, in particular, that of the Chinese Communist Party.


Hong Kong pro-democracy movement leader Mr. Joshua Wong (AFP)



"The Milk Tea Alliance has become a symbol for us that the Chinese Communist Party's tactics around the world are no longer effective and that people have begun to question them," Kim told Radio Liberty. "It also symbolizes people's frustration with what the Chinese Communist Party is doing."

Singaporean social activist Roy Ngerng, who now lives in Taiwan, said Beijing is increasingly regarded as a threat to regional democratic institutions as it seeks to extend its influence and policies far beyond its national borders.

"If China continues to be strong, our governments will think they needn't bother democratizing because China is there in the background, controlling things," he said.

He said he had felt the threat of China's brand of governance all the more keenly since moving to Taiwan, which lives under the threat of invasion by the People's Republic of China, which has never controlled the island, yet claims its territory.

Born in 1970, 80, Millenials, post-Millenials from Hong-Kong, Thai, Singapore, Vietnam, and Bangladesh are uniting in their effort to recruit their friends across the borders to resist the Chinese Communist Party and promote democracy.

The supporters from Japan, the United States, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, and India piled into the battle.

I believe the #MilkTeaAlliance could create a pan-Asia grassroots movement that would draw more attention to social causes in Asia, Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the 2014 Umbrella movement, tweeted on Wednesday.

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