Evidence reveals: US research paid HKUST students for participating in protests
A paper on how to "incentivize" protest movements in HK was published in the latest June issue of American Economic Review, a world-renowned academic journal.
It is co-written by a group of scholars from the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Munich, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
This paper, entitled Persistent Political Engagement: Social Interactions and the Dynamics of Protest Movements, focuses on the purposeful and targeted "social movements" since the handover of HK, hailing the so-called "democracy fighters."
Since 2017, these "scholars" have been sponsoring students from HKUST to participate in protests in HK, under the pretext of "social experimentation". The process and results of these students' participation in the riots that disrupted and destabilized HK were then published in the journal as "academic findings" in a dignified manner.
In an earlier version of the paper published in 2019, which was titled Protests as Strategic Games: Experimental Evidence from Hong Kong's Antiauthoritarian Movement, the authors revealed the details of the "experiment."
"We elicit subjects' planned participation in an upcoming protest and their prior beliefs about others' participation, in an incentivized manner. One day before the protest, we randomly provide a subset of subjects with truthful information about others' protest plans and elicit posterior beliefs about protest turnout, again in an incentivized manner."
This makes one wonder about the real purpose of their research. Were they really trying to obtain academic results after observation of their "experiments"? Or were they just actually acting as the organizers, planners and motivators of "color revolutions" in the name of academic research?
Coincidentally, their real motives are revealed by themselves later in the article.
In a session called "Overcoming the difficulties," the authors said there exists a known protest about which they can elicit beliefs prospectively in real time because "HK's democrats traditionally protest each July 1."
By choosing the HKUST students as the research subjects, they could "elicit the prior beliefs of more than 1200 students regarding the protest turnout of their classmates in the upcoming march, in an incentivized manner." And finally, they would be able to "elicit the students' own protest participation."
The paper concludes that one-time incentives have positive impacts on attendance in the following protests, and that social network-level mobilization is important for sustained political engagement in a series of protests.
In the appendix of the 2019 edition of the paper, we find a "tailor-made" questionnaire for HK students. Among other things, the authors suggested that the students should donate their remuneration from participating in the "experiments" to a separatist organization called "Demosisto."
From the whole thing, we can see how the West is deeply involved in provoking social unrest in other countries. This is a clear manifestation of the West abetting and inciting participation in social movements in other countries and regions in the form of academic research.
It can be seen that foreign forces are behind the violent social unrest and riots in HK and many other places. Second, the US and the West are inciting color revolution in other countries and regions in an organized, premeditated, and financed manner.