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Failure of Hong Kong version of 'Color Revolution' would be a bliss

Editor: Zhang Dan 丨CCTV.com

10-22-2014 15:30 BJT

By Dr. Chen Xulong, Director and Senior Research Fellow of Department for International and Strategic Studies, China Institute of International Studies

The central authorities were able to quick label the “Occupy Central” campaign as “Hong Kong version of Color Revolution” because they have identified much resemblance it bears to the “color revolutions” in other parts of the world.

Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office off the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., noted that the nature of the “Occupy Central” campaign is defined by how it has mimicked the ways “color revolutions” were staged - extreme street protests, blockage of government compounds and roads and demands for Hong Kong SAR officials to resign.

With the development of this event and the exposure of the inside story of the plot, more and more people, realizing the involvement of internal and external opposing forces into the campaign, are convinced that this campaign serves as Color Revolution with Hong Kong characteristics, which poses threat to stability, solidarity and prosperity in Hong Kong.

The so-called Color Revolution refers to, originally, the revolution confined to the former Soviet Union which aimed to overthrow the regime established after the disintegration of the Soviet Union and led by its influential people, and to establish a non-Russia influence, Western values-oriented and more pro-Western regime. Afterwards, the conception of “Color Revolution” developed into a wider one: the US and European countries support the “regime change” designed to overthrow the traditional regime in some countries and establish, based on the Western values, another pro-America regime, such revolution like the political unrest in Middle East and North Africa (namely the so-called Arab Spring). In the contemporary world politics, “Color Revolution” has become notorious for its odious nature and great damage and has caused a high degree of vigilance and precaution in many countries.

By penetrating the Color Revolution incited by the west in the past decades, we can drew that the west has formed a set of operating system in terms of stirring up “Color Revolution”. The consistent tricks to be applied in provoking such kind of revolution has been revealed: generally, it is the strategic decision makers of the US who first designate the countries and areas bounding up with its national security and interests, then, those countries and areas would be sorted based on their degree of threat and importance. Whereafter, the west would pointedly determine a specific country or an area and take the advantage of the its local anti-government forces to launch a serious of political activities which aim to overturn the existing regime under color of democratization and by means of human rights struggles. The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) takes charge of secrete plots and guidance behind the scenes, and deals with the flow of human resource and funds. The relative non-governmental organizations are responsible for supporting and assisting the local pro-America and anti-government forces. The means used include overseas broadcasting station and network propaganda, founding printed journal in local areas and extending their power in the form of religious organizations, cultural community and forum, they also establish training institutions to train activists while widely issuing the so-called “democracy” guidebooks and leading local people to organize street politics and anti-government activities.  

Throughout the history, it is believed that color revolutions in distinct locations have been staged in different versions according to varied periods of their occurrence. Versions that has been recorded in history are as follows: in 1989, the “Velvet Revolution” broke out in Czechoslovakia. In 2000, Milosevic, president of Yugoslav, was ousted by the opposition and ended up being in jails. Georgia’s “Rose Revolution”, Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” and Kyrgyz’s “Tulip Revolution” happened in 2003, 2004, 2005 respectively. In 2007, “Saffron Revolution” was piloted in Burma but failed. Attempted Color Revolution, so-called "Twitter Revolution", occurred in Moldova and Iran in 2009. In 2011, Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution" brought out the "Arab Spring". In spring this year, “Secondary Color Revolution” occurred in Ukrainian.

History repeatedly shows that when Color Revolution approaches, brutal political struggle will be staged while peace and tranquility will be gone, development and prosperity will be fled. Color revolution leads some countries to split up, some regimes collapse, some politicians die, and some countries enmesh in turmoil, conflict, ethnic and religious conflicts. Besides, it also incurs economic slump, social disorder, the rise of extremist violence. Ultimately it is the innocent people that are apt to be suffering.

Color Revolution has never been simple, but it has to gain the help and support of pure and passionate youth (especially university students), taking advantage of their patriotic enthusiasm and pursuit of justice. Many good and innocent participants involved in Color Revolution eventually become pawns or even victims.

We need to draw lessons from these pernicious facts. Due to Color Revolution, the "Arab Spring" transforms into the "Arab Winter”, the war flames and national crisis spread in Ukraine. People should have sufficient knowledge and profound alert on symptoms and hazards of various versions of the color revolutions.

Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution”, the new version of the Color Revolution, which has lasted for more than three weeks, is diminishing Hong Kong’s democracy in the name of seeking democracy, and has harmed the basic principle of “One Country, Two Systems” and threatened the stability requirement of the “silent majority” of Hong Kong. So, the illegal and unwelcome movement is doomed to be a failure, and which would be a bliss to the ordinary people in Hong Kong, to the social stability and economic prosperity of Hong Kong, and to the continuing implementation of the Basic Law.

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