Unthinking vandals send our cash north

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 18 Nov 2019

Everyone's complaining. People at my local dai pai dong were moaning about how violent radicals have disabled the Cross Harbour Tunnel, the main link between Kowloon and Hong Kong island.

But one man sat in the corner smirking. "Don't tell the protesters," he said. "But they've driven all Hong Kong's traffic to the other two tunnels, causing a massive boost in revenue. And you know who owns those two, don't you?"

Hmm? I had a think. Ah. Suddenly I knew why he was smiling.

The main owner of the other tunnels is CITIC Pacific.

Or to put it another way - the international mainland Chinese elite that the black shirt gangs hate more than anything. So ironic.

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Back at my office, I did some checking. This newspaper already reported that the Hong Kong restaurant trade was suffering horribly, as were some fast food shops such as Maxims and Yoshinoya.

But other fast food brands, such as branches of McDonald's, report an increase in income.

Again, don't tell the protesters: the majority owner of McDonald's?

Also CITIC.

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Making more use of cars after black shirt gangs crippled the public transport systems? Nissan, Audi, Infiniti, Bentley, Honda and many other car brands share one distributor. Yes, CITIC again.

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Why don't the black shirts just take ALL the money from Hong Kong's coffers and post the lot to Beijing?

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Large groups of Hong Kong residents, joined by people from six government departments, cleared blocked roads in Pok Fu Lam, Tai Po, Kowloon Tong, Tseung Kwan O and Sheung Shui.

Pan-dem politicians complained bitterly when PLA soldiers joined in.

"They're supposed to be the evil bad guys running over us in tanks," commented reader Kelvin Cheung, with his tongue in his cheek.

"How dare they be polite and helpful instead! This is an outrage."

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Black shirts scattered huge numbers of small spiked weapons on the ground in Tsim Sha Tsui East. Several people accidentally stood on them, including this reporter--and they go straight through your shoes and socks. Ouch!

I showed the picture to reader Ian Dubin who said: "They're called caltrops: they're a medieval weapon."

Reader Rob Ferguson was less sympathetic. "You need to get to the Lee Kee shoe repair shop," he joked.

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Many of these horribly dangerous spiked weapons were dropped around the PLA barracks there. No doubt if any soldiers clear them away from their own front paths, the pan-dems will complain. They've gone mad.

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A teacher said to me last Monday, referring to the Education Board: "They didn't shut the schools? Despite the danger? What idiots."

The same teacher said to me on Thursday: "They shut the schools? So more kids have free time to join the rioters? What idiots."

Can't win.

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Protesters: "Protest zones are lethal death traps where PLA soldiers disguised as police officers mercilessly kill everyone with tear gas and water cannons."

Also protesters: "Hey, let's take the kids to the protest for a photo-op."

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Many good, caring Hong Kong people are wondering how to end activist occupations of university premises in a safe manner.

Surrounding the place and cutting off food and drink might seem unkind.

Reader Anton Sysiaco had a good idea. "Cut off the mobile phone signals," he said.

That'll get young people moving.

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