Hong Kong: Disputes escalate in “poop protest”

2014-04-29 09:35:18 GMT2014-04-29 17:35:18(Beijing Time)  SINA English
Protesters with their slogansProtesters with their slogans
Protesters mimicked child pooping with toy stoolsProtesters mimicked child pooping with toy stools
Protesters spread open the flag of China's Communist PartyProtesters spread open the flag of China's Communist Party
A protester held a toy stool in his palm.A protester held a toy stool in his palm.

Li Jing

Clashes between Chinese mainlanders and HongKongers escalated last Sunday, when 30 Hongkongers protested with props of fake excrement in a mall of the prosperous Tsim Sha Tzui, Hong Kong.

A mainland couple allowed their 2-year-old son to relieve himself by the road at Mangkok, Hong Kong and conflicted with local pedestrians who took photos of the child caused quite a stir among Chinese netizens.

While the majority of mainland netizens show understanding for the couple, HongKongers think differently. On April 27, 30 Hong Kong natives demonstrated against mainland tourists in a shopping mall at Tsim Sha Tzui, Hong Kong’s main tourism and commercial zone.

According to Global Times, China’s state-run newspaper, the protesters laid props of fake excrement on the floor and squatted, mimicking the mainland toddler pooping on the street. They also shouted slogans against mainlanders traveling at Hong Kong.

Mainland travelers who passed-by shouted back with swears to the protesters, and the nearby shops all closed their doors in advance.

The protest, lasting for about an hour, was terminated by police for “illegal gathering.”

Mr. Li, a mainland traveler who witnessed the protest said: “The child is too young. (The couple) should be in a situation where they had no choice. HongKongers don’t have to make a drama on this.”

Hong Kong based South China Morning reported that So Kam-leung, Commerce secretary Gregory of Hong Kong “urged Hongkongers to help educate mainlanders in good manners rather than pointing accusatory fingers at them” today; while in a report by another Hong Kong newspaper Oriental Daily on April 28, a group of Hong Kong social media users planned to protest outside the home of So Kam-leung on May 4.

Protesters would bring toystools and newspapers poured with water to mimic the mainland child. Over 400 netizens claimed to participate. Some said they were confused why So asked HongKongers to tolerate the mainlander’s behavior instead of supporting law enforcement, since urinating and pooping on streets of Hong Kong is against the law.

On the other hand, as the Labour Day Holiday approaches, instructions about how to find a toilet in Hong Kong get popular on mainland social media. On a list of instructions, “top choices”, “second choices”, “third choices” and “last choice” of locating a restroom in Hong Kong is illustrated in details.

Hong Kong’s tourism industry will suffer a heavy loss if certain political party continues to abet people to harm Hong Kong’s international image, Global Times predicted.

 

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