China to the World: “Color Revolution in China a Daydream’’
October 5, 2014 • 11:43AM

The People’s Daily, the official paper of the ruling CPC, issued an editorial statement on Saturday, denouncing the western attempt to overthrow China through a “color revolution,’’ starting in Hongkong. Called “Unswervingly Uphold Rule of Law in Hong Kong,’’ it says that the ongoing shutdown of portions of Hongkong by “a minority of radical groups,’’ is creating “all sorts of chaos that have drawn the concern and indignation of the majority of Hong Kong people.’’ Beginning Friday, groups of older Hongkong residents have been attacking the demonstrators’ sites, tearing down their tents and banners. Press reports claim they are associated with the triads [large secret Chinese gangs--ed.], but they acknowledge that many residents are cheering them on. Police have arrested dozens of them, but the attacks continue. The demonstrators cancelled a planned meeting with the government, claiming the government to be behind the attackers.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Saturday that the street must be cleared by Monday morning, or “all actions necessary’’ would be taken to ensure that government workers could go back to work next week.

The People’s Daily editorial says:

“The so-called Occupy Central is using illegal methods to pursue the political goal of contravening the Basic Law. No matter what clever talk and gloss the organizers and inciters of Occupy Central use, whether civil disobedience or peaceful nonviolence, the illegality of Occupy Central cannot be changed. The result is a trampling underfoot of the law, seriously disturbed social order, major economic losses, even perhaps injuries and deaths, and other grave results.... The measures taken by the Hong Kong police in dealing with Occupy Central are the inevitable demand of protecting the law.... A democratic society must respect the opinions of a minority, but that does not mean that a minority can do illegal things; a society based on rule of law must include different voices, but that does not mean that it can appease and connive at illegality.... As for the ideas of a very small minority of people to use Hong Kong to create a `color revolution’ in the interior of China, that is even more of a daydream.’’