Although the United States and other democracies can only be expected to openly side with peaceful protesters, or even violent protesters who are trying to defend themselves and others, China’s efforts to frame the Revolution as a foreign plot will be in vain. It is important to recognize Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 without the China ever fully assimilating Hong Kong. Consequently, in the eyes of those protesting China’s role in Hong Kong elections, the Chinese are seen as the foreigners conspiring to interfere in Hong Kong’s internal affairs
Meanwhile, protesters fear government leadership is conspiring to quietly crush their movement, even as the Chinese are avoiding the appearance of direct interference. While who is doing what will only be understand as events take place and unknowns become facts, the similarities that connect the Umbrella Revolution with the Ukraine Crisis, the Arab Spring Revolutions, and others offer insight into what is likely to happen.