The Hong Kong Protest spreads to Australia…

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Paul Letters

Why do mainland Chinese and Hong Kong youth clash at universities abroad? History has the answer

  • The mainland Chinese counterprotest has roots in the historical narrative of a China splitting apart under foreign pressure, which ties in with Beijing’s spin that foreign powers are behind Hong Kong’s protests

Large numbers of young people from mainland China have been invited to Australia, to live, study and, of course, to spend their money. Abroad, they enjoy levels of freedom of speech unseen in the People’s Republic – so we should not be surprised when they speak freely, and speak up for China. To understand their views, we need to pay attention to history.

Mainstream views in China are coloured by the nation’s history of vassalage under Western powers through the 19th century and beyond. Britain, France, Portugal, America and others helped themselves to China’s trading ports and imposed unequal treaties on the local people.
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The historical narrative of a China splintering under external pressure – albeit a history narrowly controlled and propagandised through state media and state education – is founded on truth. Moreover, it dovetails conveniently with the Communist Party’s spin that foreign powers, particularly America and Britain, are behind the current Hong Kong protests.
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This distorted narrative stokes nationalist passions within the Chinese diaspora. Widely read by Chinese at home and abroad, the WeChat online platform delivers state-controlled reporting: Hong Kong students are described as “toxic” and their slogans such as “fight for freedom” are misrepresented as though all protesters are separatists demanding full independence.

Some mainland students abroad quietly support the Hong Kong democracy movement, but many, nationalised since birth, feel incited into mounting a national defence of their People’s Republic. Some do so with don’t-mess-with-a-superpower physical aggression, at times punching pro-democracy protesters and even issuing death threats.
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A history of a nation downtrodden by outsiders just a few generations ago gives no moral justification to how authorities have handled the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. For many Westerners, and others used to living under the rule of law (and that includes Hongkongers), categorising the “good”, the “bad” and the “ugly” is straightforward.

The anti-protester movement allies millions of “patriotic” mainland Chinese, brought up on a restricted diet of nationalist history and national aspiration, with Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing interest groups. Such groups, led by the rich elite who own the city’s property, utilities and businesses, stay on-message with Beijing because they cannot abide any disruption that dents profits.

History goes a long way to explaining why so many mainlanders support the ugly, ignore the bad and see no good in protesters who seek greater independence from China; money may explain why key figures within Hong Kong do likewise.

Paul Letters is a novelist, journalist and historian. His latest wartime novel, “The Slightest Chance”, is set in and around Hong Kong. See paulletters.com

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3022791/why-do-mainland-chinese-and-hong-kong-youth-clash-universities?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1566013537

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In Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide…

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Hong Kong protests in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide turn ugly

Hong Kong protests turned ugly across Australia last night when pro-Chinese activists turned up and began chanting vile taunts.

Ben Graham and Frank Chung

EXCLUSIVE

Disturbing footage shows how pro-Hong Kong protesters were taunted with expletive-laden chants from pro-Chinese activists before scuffles broke out in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Hundreds of protesters converged in cities across Australia for the rallies in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong last night.

Footage seen by news.com.au shows Chinese students at a protest at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, chanting “Cao ni ma bi” or “F*** your mother’s c***” to Hong Kong protesters.

In Melbourne, footage from last night shows pro-Chinese activists chanting “Jiao baba” — which roughly translates to “call us dad”.

Hundreds of protestors are gathering in Sydney today. Picture: Tim Hunter

Hundreds of protestors are gathering in Sydney today. Picture: Tim HunterSource:News Corp Australia

There are fears tensions could flare again today as protesters gather in their hundreds in Sydney’s Belmore Park.

Other videos from last night show up to 1000 rival activists jostling as tempers flared at the demonstration in Melbourne — which began at 7pm outside the State Library in Swanston Street last night.

https://www.news.com.au/national/hong-kong-protests-in-melbourne-sydney-and-adelaide-turn-ugly/news-story/0e221010c4c7144ae53bc8decc854f5d

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Pro-Hong Kong rally in Melbourne turns violent as rival protesters clash

A pro-Hong Kong rally in Melbourne’s CBD turned violent on Friday evening as protesters clashed with nationalist Chinese demonstrators.

The rally began at 7pm outside the State Library in Swanston Street and the numbers swelled until there were more than 1000 people, at least half of whom appeared to be pro-China protesters.

The demonstration began with an acknowledgement of the Wurundjeri ancestral owners, but before the pro-Hong Kong organiser could get through the first line a cheer broke out at the perimeter and a Chinese flag was held above the crowd.

This set off a series of scuffles, mostly pushing and shoving, at the southern side of the library lawn.

Amongst the chaos, an ABC cameraman was pushed by a man who then appeared to attack his gear.

A woman, Camie, 30, was violently shoved by pro-Chinese demonstrator, who subsequently had his hair pulled by protesters on the other side and was forced back into his group.

Camie, who was stunned but otherwise unhurt, said she was protesting in solidarity for the people of her home city.

“I’m from Hong Kong. It started (the rallies) because of the extradition bill but now we don’t have democracy. We have come to save our city,” she said.

Police appeared to be caught unaware by the scale of the protest and only intervened when pro-Chinese demonstrators surged towards the pro-Hong Kong side. By this time, scuffles had been breaking out for about 40 minutes.

Pro-Hong Kong protesters returned to the State Library on Saturday morning and pledged to carry out a ‘peaceful demonstration’, Nine News reports.

Police, having been reinforced, eventually formed a solid barrier and members of each group retreated to their respective sides. This shut down flare-ups of aggression, save for a small fight near the La Trobe St intersection.

Police moved in quickly and took one man away.

The number of pro-Chinese protesters surged throughout the evening and eventually outnumbered, and out-voiced, the pro-Hong Kong side.

By 9pm, several hundred protesters, mostly supporting China, had also gathered on the west side of Swanston St.

On the library side, they sang their national anthem, chanted in Mandarin and English for “one China” and let the protesters know they were “rubbish” and that “China is great”.

They were reluctant to give names or speak on the record, however one said he was there because “I’m from China and Hong Kong is part of China. One China.”

Under the gaze of the statue of Sir Redmond Barry, Hong Kong protesters gathered on the north side of the library lawn, singing and chanting “free Hong Kong”.

A pro-China demonstrator yelled out “if you don’t like it, leave the country.”

Another yelled back “we’re in Australia.”

After more than two hours of tension, many of the Hong Kong protesters started to leave, but pro-China protesters remained in large numbers, chanting.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/pro-hong-kong-rally-in-melbourne-threatens-to-turn-violent-as-rival-protesters-clash-20190816-p52hzi.html?fbclid=IwAR2GKRBZ_NNou2NTMOn6jawQNoAuXAw4A6162C6o2ArXDTWMVqC2bXpsAHk

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https://twitter.com/wyhhk1/status/1162559363027832832?s=20

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About 7,000 – 8,000 students at the University of Queensland are from China. All are paying students. That is a lot of money

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31 July 2019

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Punches have been thrown at the University of Queensland as students clashed over their views on China and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

The ABC understands pro-China activists gate-crashed a protest by fellow Chinese students showing solidarity for persecuted minorities in their homeland.Hundreds of students gathered in the university’s Great Court to express their views.

Pro-China students clashed with the other group as they played nationalistic songs and chanted “China is great”.

Videos posted on social media show shouting and abuse that turned to violence at one point as anger rose.

The four-hour standoff ended when police convinced both groups to go home.No arrests have been made.But for some time, pro-China activists continued to stand their ground in the court even as others left the area.

Student Union president Georgia Milroy said the angry scenes were quite frightening.

“I think there were a lot of impassioned students feeling very strongly on both sides … to be honest at times it was quite scary,” she said.

“There was some violence that did occur.”

It became borderline nationalist with the playing of the national anthem and I think that’s when things started to become very inflamed.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/uq-student-protest-anger-over-hong-kong-chinese-minorities/11343130?pfmredir=sm

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24 July 2019

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