Protests a blow-by-blow repeat of ours

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 27 Jul 2020

The protests in the US yesterday had astonishing parallels with Hong Kong's, Chinese-American sources said.

In Seattle, protesters set fire to a Starbucks branch, forcing an evacuation of all the people above it.

In the same area, activist Amy Siskind called on protesters to doxx the wives and children of police officers.

In nearby Portland, politician Jo Ann Hardisty said all acts of violence during the protests should be blamed on police disguised as protesters.

"I'm sitting here watching the news and thinking, is this like a repeat?" said a Hong Kong student in Seattle.

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One difference is that US police are 100 times more likely to shoot protesters than Hong Kong ones, yet the media don't dehumanize them.

One Seattle officer wore a patch on his uniform yesterday saying: "Stop screaming, I'm scared too!" (Spotter: Ian Miles Cheong.)

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I wonder if the person writing the labels at this Hong Kong supermarket just got bored?

These items, which look like large stalks of bak choi, are given the English name "a vegetable," which could apply to anything in the entire department.

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Nerds who track planes and boats noticed that a US Navy ship and a US aircraft passed surprisingly close to the coast of Shanghai yesterday.

When the news hit social media, tongue-in-cheek commentator Carl Zha said: "How dare China place Shanghai so close to US spy planes!"

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The weather angels are biased towards the "blue camp," a Hong Kong weather watcher said yesterday.

Observatory data showed a record number of thunderstorms in 2019 and 2014: the two years when protesters spent huge amounts of time on the streets.

"The weather angels may even be communists," he said. "During the pro-China riots of 1966 and 1967, Hong Kong had an unusually low number of storms."

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One reader was surprised to hear yesterday that contacts of confirmed virus cases will be sent to the Jockey Club facility next to the Pok Fu Lam reservoir. "Isn't that for horses? Will they sleep in stables?" she asked.

It also has 124 rooms for humans. Although I know many people who are happier hanging out with the horses.

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The swanky Park Lane hotel in Causeway Bay has been booked by the government as a temporary quarantine facility for people flying into Hong Kong.

Nice. It's almost worth flying somewhere just to come back and be pampered in a swish hotel for a while.

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One of the oddest moments this year (or possibly this decade) was when social distancing inspectors flew over Repulse Bay Beach in a helicopter with a searchlight on Saturday evening to make sure people weren't secretly watching the sunset on the beach at dusk.

It's bizarre how the definition of a crime has changed. "He relaxed on the beach for an hour with his family? Lock him up and throw away the key."

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Civic Party politicians yesterday rapidly disassociated themselves from their earlier calls for America to hit Hong Kong with sanctions.

They don't want their views to disqualify them from the elections, so they signed a document saying they now opposed the sanctions.

Watch out. The speed at which Hong Kong's opposition activists are reversing their former deeply held convictions is so fast that it could temporarily warp the time-space continuum.

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