Where are they now … when they are needed most?
You know … the leftist activists, students, unions, intellectuals, media, pundits and politicians who are so loud so often to expose, protest, demonstrate, denounce and demand action against decisions, indecisions of Canada, the United States, Britain, the European Union and, of course, Israel … and any or all of these countries’ institutions … public and private … on a whole variety of issues.
The supposed social “consciences” of the world (Canada, Western Europe, the UK) have stayed silent … or barely spoken … against the GROWING suppression of human rights, dignity and even right to life in China, Russia and Venezuela.
They are stunning in their failures recently over the multiple and massive transgressions and aggressions by some of the world’s most evil and oppressive dictatorships.
The subjugated citizens of China, Russia, Venezuela … political opponents, community activists, womens’ rights advocates, gays, union leaders, journalists, artists and even Blog writers … suffer not just discrimination and banning, but arrest, torture, imprisonment and even murder … unparalleled in any Western nations.
Yet the social activists on the LEFT do/say little or nothing.
It’s not as if they do not know.
Many media outlets and social media sites (including this one) have reported the litany of aggressive, bullying actions taken by China against Canada in recent months.
But those pale in the light of human rights violations and cruelty inflicted actions by the Chinese government against its own people … and it’s getting worse, not better.
Read what Human Rights Watch found: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/china-and-tibet.
Where are the protests, demands for action, resolutions of condemnation or calls for boycotts against China by our “concerned” students, unions, political “leaders” of the Left???
And take a look at the Human Rights Watch Report on Russian violations of human rights: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/russia … where political opponents are assassinated, gays are beaten and tortured with impunity, journalists are framed, intimidated … or otherwise silenced.
Or how about Venezuela: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/venezuela … where the Maduro government’s abuse, corruption, shooting of protestors and mounting oppression of not just opponents, but anyone who complains or even speaks out have already forced more than 3 million to flee … leaving almost everything they owned, their families behind.
Where are the LEADERS and ACTIVISTS on the LEFT .. who seem to be so selectively sensitive and outraged???
Where is NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh … the man who wants to be our Prime Minister … on the whole litany of disgraceful, despicable aggressions taken by China recently against Canada … including the kidnapping and imprisonment of two of our citizens and the sentencing to death of another?
Not to mention China’s own mistreatment, brutality and persecution of its own people … especially the 100,000 Muslim Uighurs who have been imprisoned in “re-education” centres … and whose children, as young as two years old, have been forcibly separated from their families to be housed/raised/educated in Mandarin-language residential schools, surrounded by walls and barbed wire.
And just recently, the World witnessed China’s attempts to subjugate the people of Hong Kong and violate the agreement signed, sealed and delivered to the UK and the World in 1996, pledging Hong Kong would remain autonomous until 2047.
Wake up Jagmeet! Are you there? Say something!!!
Interesting how many on the LEFT have criticized BOTH Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s actions/inactions on China (as I have too) and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s calls for stepped up inspections and actions against Chinese goods destined for Canada, but have said NOTHING about Singh and the NDP’s relative silence … or could we even say complicity … on the subject.
Where is the NDP and its Leader as China spits on human rights, increases its arrests of dissidents and even lawyers representing them, steps up its controls and bans over the Internet and wantonly mistreats its Muslim population and bulldozes churches as well?
And what about all those student activists, demonstrating protestors and Canada’s LEFT leaning “socially conscious” Unions? Where are they???
The 300,000-member “media” and forest sector union, Unifor, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Canadian Federation of Students all somehow found it in their purview to publicly denounce Israel and support the BDS boycott movement.
But somehow, I can’t find a Resolution passed by ANY of them … at any executive or plenary meeting … condemning China’s oppressions. Or for that matter, the latest brutal suppressions of human rights and freedoms in Russia or Venezuela.
Where are all the campus activists and phony revolutionaries who proudly wear buttons and patches and often carry placards and organize rallies condemning Western countries, values, policies … but have organized NOTHING to speak up on behalf of the poor souls suffering under the dictatorships of China, Russia, Venezuela?
Their comparative silence and inaction are both disgraceful and disgusting … and shows what hypocrites they really are.
And I don’t think there’s a political dissident, social activist, gay or trans-gendered individual, writer or Blogger in China, Russia, Venezuela who wouldn’t feel safer and more free in ANY of the Western countries that Left wing activists so frequently and loudly denounce.
Maybe it’s time the media and anyone who TRULY opposes oppression, discrimination and violence against “the people” should start asking LEFT-leaning politicians and activist leaders … Why so silent on China, Russia, Venezuela’s REAL crimes against humanity?
Their victims are crying out for voices to be raised … and actions to be taken.
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And you can hear me discuss this topic further on the Howe Street.com podcast: https://www.howestreet.com/2019/07/08/canada-needs-to-get-tougher-with-china/ Or on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/gEgxOURAVKA