Western riot-watchers change their tone

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 1 Jun 2020

Many readers noticed the hilarious differences between international media coverage of the riots in the US and those in Hong Kong. Here's a handy guide:

1) Police using tear gas in Hong Kong? Western journalists: "What an outrage!" Police using tear gas in the United States? Western journalists: "Not worth mentioning."

2) Rioters using violence and arson in Hong Kong? Western journalists: "Downplay that." Rioters using violence and arson in the United States? Western journalists: "Look, they're burning stuff! OMG!"

3) Some think the army should step in to help the Hong Kong police. Western journalists: "Nooo! That would be the end of everything!" Some think the army should step in to help the US police? Western journalists: "WHAT'S TAKING THEM SO LONG?"

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Not only does America have more than 20 national security laws, but they have had them for centuries, readers said. "It's rather ironic that the US is preparing to send the military into Minnesota under the Insurrection Act of 1807," said reader Shao Mingtong.

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Susan Smith said: "Interesting that after only two nights of rioting in the USA, one person was shot dead, rubber bullets and tear gas have been used, the National Guard has been called out and a CNN reporter was arrested, but no one has commented on the brutality of the US police."

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Reader Chris Potts suggested that Joshua Wong Chi-fung and his counterparts could stay for a while in their beloved United States.

"They could find out what it's like to be part of an ethnic minority there," he quipped.

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Many people were puzzled that Republicans in America are claiming to "stand with the people of Hong Kong" by passing laws in an attempt to impoverish us. Where's the logic?

"With friends like that, who needs enemies?" asked Mikey Chang.

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The truth is, US President Donald Trump's sanctions on Hong Kong can only harm his own efforts to bring down the US trade deficit. Out of all the economies in the world, guess which one has the biggest trade surplus with the United States? Yep, stand up Hong Kong.

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Must say, the kid on this airline safety card looks a lot like his dad. Maybe a bit too much like his dad.

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Hong Kong's protester numbers have plummeted and the energy has gone out of the movement, several readers said.

"It's just a bunch of rich city teenagers having a singalong in a luxury shopping mall, and occasionally there's a bit of pepper spray after a few hours of heckling and pushing from both sides. An average pre-Covid weekend in Brooklyn is far rougher," said Tom Guendert of Wan Chai last week. Serious riots broke out in Brooklyn over the weekend, proving him right.

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Only in Hong Kong is your building's security guard eight times the age of your building. But there are exceptions.

When this columnist visited an American friend in Shouson Hill, the security inspection was Gaza Strip-level, with mirrors on sticks to inspect under the car.

Huge numbers of US government employees in Hong Kong are moving out of their Shouson Hill complex to fly home, but this doesn't mean the city will lack for 'muricans.

For decades, there has been an unexplained oversupply of American government people in this city. Not that any of them are intelligence agents or anything.

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