HONG KONG – Until the Chinese New Year riots in Hong Kong, the ‘Western spy pod’, our ‘press soldiers’ were completely determined to subvert China, to woo its people, and to fabricate Chinese ‘dissidents’, ‘heroes’, and ‘saviors’ helpful to the Western cause. Yet, with video evidence of the violent nature of 9th February riots, they struggle to justify the violence. Western propaganda has become so agenda-driven and morally creative, it almost borders on promoting confrontation and social unrest – everything that could potentially unseat Beijing.
So, when seeing schools of protesters attacking and hurting 80 police officers and four reporters, the viceroys at the foreign correspondent club were probably all like, “Um, Er, if those hotheads throw brick and recyclable glass bottles, they must be severely oppressed; so we really need to support them! Unthinkable that the England riots in 2011 or the Paris riots in 2005 were ever called anything else but ‘criminal acts’ in our Western propaganda press. But when it happens in Chinese cities, of course, rioters are quite useful and adorable.
Austin Ramzy, a known well-poisoner hired by the New York Times, focuses on the fact that the rioters have been unnecessarily provoked by the Hong Kong police who closed illegal food stalls.[i] Also, of course, the rioters were unnecessarily provoked, he writes, by Chinese mainlanders who cross the borders apparently to buy goods in bulk. Ramzy, with a notable anti-China record, cites ‘plain folks’ as saying: “These food stalls are part of our local culture and should be protected.” Ah, sweet. [Compare Mr. Ramzy NYT agitprop with journalism at the Wall Street Journal.[ii]]
Time magazine throws in all sympathy it can: pro-democracy spirit, umbrella revolution, mainland China, plain folks (always!) giving testimony, unjust police hostility, a young woman in blood, solidarity of activists, and so on.[iii] You almost want to go to Hong Kong and try rioting.
The Independent adds facts about the #FishballRevolution, which it probably helped to disseminate.[iv] Street vendors allegedly called for help on social media. Very cool. Also, more plain folks (always, always!) to support the article’s core message: “I am deeply disappointed in the government.” The article makes it clear that Beijing is to blame for all of this: “Establish a Hong Kong country!” shout the rioters. Classy! The clashes are the direct result of the Hong Kong authorities “clamping down” on “pro-democratic demonstrations.”
CNN also praises the #FishballRevolution, and praises the role of Facebook and Twitter.[v] CNN, Facebook, and Twitter – of course!- are US companies dressed as global public services. Also, Beijing blocks those services in mainland China, wouldn’t you know. Unlike NYT‘s Ramzy, the Times, and the Independent, who all curried their reports with the obvious propaganda such as ‘pro-democratic movement’ and ‘police provocation’, CNN – as the flagship of American newspeak – talks about “missing HK book-sellers” and Beijing “encroaching on the freedom of the Hong Kong people.”
The Telegraph, meanwhile, tries hard to do journalism, but just as well: “Leave! Why can’t we enjoy our fish balls?” the plain folks say, as quoted by the paper.[vi] The article ends on the note of “demanding greater democracy in the former British colony.”
Toronto’s The Star sympathizes with the rioters from the first letters of its headline: ‘Crackdown sparks riot in Hong Kong’. It continues: ‘activists’, ‘objected’, ‘attempts’, ‘authorities’, ‘remove’, ‘culture’, ‘tightens hold’ on ‘semiautonomous city’.[vii] The list goes on.
To wrap this up, it sad to watch how our agenda-driven Western media and former colonizers of Hong Kong now do their utmost to idolize the anti-China protests – protests that they themselves help to sponsor and glorify – and excuse brick-and-glass violence as important evolution and necessary means to call attention to Hong Kong’s plight.
[i] The New York Times, Protesters and Police Clash at Lunar New Year Festivities in Hong Kong, Feb 8, 2016, New York
[ii] The Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong Police Clash with Protesters in Lunar New Year Riots, Mong Kok in chaos following clearance of unlicensed food hawkers, Feb 9, 2016, New York
[iii] TIME, Hong Kong Sees Violent Start to Chinese New Year as Protesters Clash With Police, Feb 9, 2016, New York
[iv] The Independent, Chinese New Year: Hong Kong riot police clash with protesters in crackdown on illegal street food stalls, Demonstrators throw bricks at police and set fire to rubbish bins in Mong Kok, Feb 9, 2016, London
[v] CNN, Hong Kong police fire warning shots during Mong Kok fishball ‘riot’, Feb 9, 2016, Hong Kong
[vi] The Telegraph, Bloody scenes in Hong Kong as protesters and police battle during New Years celebrations, Feb 9, 2016, London
[vii] The Star, Crackdown on Chinese New Year food stalls sparks riot in Hong Kong, Feb. 9, 2016, Toronto
Thor Tukoll is a pen name of Thorsten J. Pattberg, a German writer and cultural critic. He is the author of The East-West Dichotomy, Shengren, and Inside Peking University.
2016 (c) Thor Tukoll