Let’s say you’re a Hong Kong democracy protestor.
Tear gas, umbrellas, molotov cocktails, news cameras, black clothes, riot police, spineless politicians, rising military forces. It’s getting exciting now.
Only problem is the CPC is going to crush your revolution under the guise of law enforcement. They’re going to win the propaganda war. That’s the bad news.
The good news? You can turn the rising tide of violence in your favor with a simple idea.
For the next wave of street protests, put down the Guy Fawkes masks and put on a happy face. Put on Xi Jinping masks. (Print out in color, cut holes in eyes, pierce ears, string elastic and you’re good to go. One size fits all.)
Imagine a million Xi Jinpings marching down Castle Peak Road. Imagine thousands of frontline Xi Jinpings being hit by water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray. Beaten by riot police and triad members.
Imagine the arresting video footage, the incongruous stills, the alarming social media feeds. This is what the CPC fears most.
When the CPC’s leader for life is seen to be pummeled and arrested by police and military forces, it’s over.
Every revolution wins when the security forces are seen to turn against the regime.
When the unimaginable is seen, the impossible becomes inevitable.