Tai­wan-based au­thor slammed by me­dia for de­fend­ing pro­test­ers

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Wang Qi

Tai­wan-based au­thor Lung Ying-tai’s Face­book post de­fend­ing rad­i­cal pro­test­ers in Hong Kong was slammed by me­dia and ne­ti­zens for glo­ri­fy­ing rad­i­cal pro­test­ers and in­cit­ing con­flict be­tween the main­land and Hong Kong.

In her lat­est post, Lung called Hong Kong pro­test­ers “an egg in the gar­den” that should be held in the palm rather than bro­ken.

Crit­i­cism poured in af­ter her post, which re­ceived more than 17,000 com­ments as of press time. Ne­ti­zens ex­pressed their dis­ap­point­ment and anger at Lung for sid­ing with pro­test­ers and blam­ing main­land peo­ple for rav­aging Hong Kong.

“Lung showed her sym­pa­thy for pro­test­ers with­out re­spect­ing main­land peo­ple’s voice and feel­ings,” said a net user whose Face­book shows she is from the is­land of Tai­wan.

“Who is ru­in­ing the so­cial or­der in the name of democ­racy? It seems Mrs. Lung can­not wait to see more chaos and dis­or­der,” said an­other Face­book user.

Huang Chih-hsien, a Tai­wan-based TV com­men­ta­tor, said Lung’s words were “hyp­o­crit­i­cal,” ask­ing her to learn about the con­se­quences of a color rev­o­lu­tion.

Lung should also ask the US gov­ern­ment not to crack down on Oc­cupy Wall Street. Or she means only Western po­lice have the right to en­force the law while Hong Kong po­lice de­serve to be beaten by ri­ot­ers, Huang said.

Peo­ple’s Daily on Wed­nes­day ques­tioned on Sina Weibo why Lung “only sees eggs while turn­ing a blind eye on petrol bombs.”

“Pro­test­ers burned streets, de­stroyed sub­way fa­cil­i­ties and par­a­lyzed the air­port…they are not eggs but ham­mers,” the news­pa­per said, not­ing Lung was driv­ing a wedge be­tween Hong Kong and the main­land.

“Lung and some celebritie­s like her used se­lec­tive re­ports to in­cite con­flict be­tween Chi­nese main­land and Hong Kong res­i­dents for their own po­lit­i­cal pur­poses,” An Yukang, a Bei­jing-based cul­tural critic, told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

These peo­ple are an im­por­tant rea­son for the es­ca­lat­ing chaos in Hong Kong, said An.

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