Just a week earlier (from the time this article was written), a reporter from Hong Kong’s Cable TV was brutally assaulted for no crime other than trying to investigate what was happening when he spotted another Hong Kong reporter from Now TV being harassed by China’s public security thugs. At the time, both stations’ reporters were trying to cover the ten-year anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. After the online uproar over such an act of brutality, a duo (later identified as members of the local authorities) was presented to the assaulted Cable TV reporter to offer an “apology”. In the online world, some pro-China netizens tried to frame the reporter for calling the Chinese “Gee-Na”, even though the footage showed no such thing, as if that could be a legitimate excuse for assaulting someone.
Not long after, only a few days later in fact, another NOW TV reporter was manhandled by China’s public security thugs – this time in Beijing – for doing nothing wrong except trying to take back his identification documents that the thug tried to withhold from him. The public security thugs immediately retaliated with violence, pinning the NOW TV reporter to the ground, beating him up, and then incarcerating him, until he reluctantly agreed to signing a statement falsely admitting to having attacked the public security thug before being released. In response to NOW TV’s censure statement, China’s public security bureau released their “own version” of the event, accusing the NOW TV reporter of trying to forcibly take his identification documents from the public security thug in order to justify their violent response. The HKSAR regime’s response to the whole incident was in defence of China’s public security, with the Chief Executive Carrie Lam stating that Hong Kong journalists should “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”, as if it’s perfectly justifiable for the Chinese public security thugs to confiscate the reporter’s documentations and belongings.
The same Carrie Lam had condemned Democratic Party legislative councillor Ted Hui for forcibly taking a government official’s mobile phone, proclaiming that she herself does not condone any acts of violence. At the same time, those accused of rioting during the 2016 Mongkok uprising were convicted and liable to imprisonment of up to ten years per charge, when all they had done is defending themselves from Hong Kong cops who exceeded their mandate by firing shots in the midst of a crowd of protesters. What utter hypocrisy it is when the HKSAR regime readily condemned Hong Kongers’ “violent” acts, while at the same time excusing the Chinese blatant acts of violence as mere legal differences!
Yet such hypocrisy is not new, as Chinese civilians in Hong Kong who violated conventions, rules or basic civil common sense are often excused by the pro-China factions and the HKSAR regime as merely “culturally different”. When these Chinese contravened Hong Kong laws, they are excused as merely ignorant of Hong Kong’s regulations. Perhaps the HKSAR regime would do better if it applies Carrie Lam’s statement in response to the attack of Hong Kong reporters on the Chinese who cannot and will not abide by Hong Kong regulations and social conventions: “When in Hong Kong, do as Hong Kongers do!”
Not long ago, China’s television broadcast a series titled “Amazing China” in English (“So Awesome is My Country” in Chinese) that boasted of the so-called amazing achievements that China has accomplished since 1949. Without going into the propagandistic, white-washing nature of show, how can the Chinese boast of their supposed technological and economic advances when they and their political system do not even have one shred of decency, courtesy and civility?
(Screenshot of Cable News video regarding the assault of its reporter on i-Cable.com, May 12, 2018)