This is gonna be a short post.
First off, I support the struggle of Hong Kong people. And fuck state capitalism.
However, I can't help but to laugh at the irony of Hong Kong's pro-capitalist protesters sang that one socialist song from Les Miserable, Do You Hear The People Sing. Les Miserable was written by Victor Hugo, a socialist and novelist who participated in the French Revolution of 1848. The setting of Les Miserable is indeed based on 1848 Revolution.
Like, come fucking on, the red flag in the scene of Les Miserable shown everywhere. The red flag has a very long history in leftist culture. Dated as far back as the 1200s, where the peasant resistance used red flag as symbol for their movement. In the Pirate Era, some pirate ships also used red flag as their symbol of blood and freedom. Red flag was used as symbol for united front of communist, socialist and anarchist. Red flag is key symbol in the Revolution of 1848, which again, Les Miserable plot. Only until Paris Commune, anarchist Louise Michel used the black flag for distinguished anarchist symbol, due to the split in First International between Marx (red, socialist) and Bakunin (black, anarchist), and both the red and black flag has been used across the world.
But of course, Trump's adviser forgot to let Trump know that Do You Hear The People Sing is a god-hating socialist song and he shouldn't use it in a MAGA event. However, I do not blame Hong Kong students for using it, because it fits their struggle. Plus, there are many Hong Kong anarchists who organized this historic resistance. They know full well about the context of this song.
Solidarity to all Hong Kongers fighting this fight. Down with state capitalists, aka 'tankies'
One extra note, Victor Hugo is who you could called as a champagne socialist. Why? After the failure of 1848 (too bad he didn't live long enough to see Paris Commune), Victor Hugo wrote the Les Miserable play as a reflection on the revolution, in hope to convince the ruling class to get on the side of working class. Like George Orwell (a democratic socialist), they both had too high optimism on the revolutions. Orwell get shit canned by Stalinists after he and his milita POUM almost get purged at the end of Catalonia rev, leading to Orwell's eternal hatred for tankies. Same situation with Victor Hugo, at the end of his life he was basically depressed as fuck due to the failed uprising of 1848. (again if Hugo didn't drink as much, he'd live to see Paris Commune)
And like George Orwell, Victor Hugo's works get turned into anti-socialist propaganda. Sad to see that.
Anyway, some music history lesson for y'all. Have a great weekend.