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Hong Kong protesters who mocked urinating mainland toddler branded ‘skinheads’ by state media

Global Times editorial slams protesters and urges ‘bravely pay them back’

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 4:12pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 May, 2014, 8:59am
 

Hongkongers who protested against a mainland family whose toddler urinated in a Mong Kok street were yesterday compared to "neo-Nazis" and "skinheads" in a scathing editorial carried by China's state-run Global Times.

The article came in response to a protest on Sunday, where some 30 Hongkongers mocked mainlaind tourists by squatting down and mimicking toddlers defecating, using fake faeces, at the Harbour City shopping centre in TST.

The piece is the latest in a spat that has drawn both widespread condemnation and support for the family both in Hong Kong and on the mainland, after pictures taken by passersby went viral of a toddler urinating by a roadside, leading to ugly scenes in the street.

Some netizens in the city believe the boy was actually defecating, claiming photos and videos showing the evidence.

"Humiliating mainlanders must be the only aim these protestors were trying to achieve. But it turns out that who they embarrassed and humiliated was nobody but themselves and all of Hong Kong society. Hong Kong's image was badly tarnished by them," read the editorial, posted on the paper's English language website.

"This handful of radicals in Hong Kong remind us of the rampant skinheads and neo-Nazis in Europe. Xenophobia is the cult of these groups. Their opinions have an effect on public opinion, but their actions will usually make trouble for mainstream society."

"These Hong Kong 'skinheads' shamed Hong Kong civilization, which has to take a much longer time and more efforts to eliminate the ill effects."

The article called on mainlanders to be open-minded and distinguish between Hong Kong mainstream society from "those contemptible wretches" who protested at Harbour City.

"All of Hong Kong shouldn't be blamed for these incidents, but they can serve as a gate for mainlanders to have a better understanding of Hong Kong society."

Originating in working class London in the 1960s, skinheads are known for their close-cropped or shaved heads and violence against ethnic minorities. The movement spread across the world.

The article said that while protesters had wanted to humiliate mainlanders, they had ended up humiliating themselves and Hong Kong society instead, letting people see “a low-quality, dirty and messy tip” of society.

Such “rogue and anti-civilisation behaviour” would affect mainlanders’ interest in visiting Hong Kong, the Global Times continued.

The article described Hong Kong as "still a young member in this big Chinese family" and said it was "unavoidable that some troublemakers will keep posing challenges to society".

"Patriotism demands this massive country should have a certain tolerance for frictions within different groups," it read.

"We need to fight back and overwhelm any forces that try to harm the integrity of the nation."

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53698b29-7de0-403f-8a04-0bca0a320969
Those uncivilized mainland scums, why don't you **** in your own street instead of ours? Or is this a norm to you?
536597a1-6b20-41ce-9266-08e30a3209ca
The issue here has less to do with the toddler peeing, but more to do with old money vs new money. The mainlanders are the new money - vulgar, gaudy, ostentatious, and lacking in social graces and taste- buying up every luxury brand item they can get their hands on. HKers, on the other hand are arrogant, careless, inconsiderate bullies, who berate the mainlanders whatever chance they get. Now that the wealth disparity is shrinking between the two groups, HKers are trying to distinguish themselves from the mainlanders through moral high ground/etiquette, but clearly seen from the article- is not happening.
scmpgt
Why can't the HK and mainland government pitch in money to build more free public toilets? Is that simple. Toilet on every street is the answer. And hire someone to clean it every hour, this creates job opportunities.
ldAsia
这些低人从来没有离开香港。他们有世界上一个很小很小的狭隘视野。如果他们花得起钱起旅游,那么他们就会发现这是在世界各地经常看到的情况。他们无什么好做,便针对一个小孩子。你知道吗,这些低人也可能自己亦做过,他们只是不敢说, 他们只是伪君子。
这些走狗只敢侮辱自己的人。一旦他们遇到了白人,他们会像老鼠躲在老鼠洞不敢说一个字。
去搜索自己的生活吧,而不是“无事生非。
priscillathl
低人? 起碼我們還知道最基本的衛生常識. 弄污別人的地方還敢理直氣壯.
對的, 世界各地都看得到內地人不文明的行為! 但常見就代表正確嗎?可悲的中國思維.
還有, 我們是香港人, 從來沒有當過你是自己人, 別自以為是!!!!
ldAsia
These low people have never been out of Hong Kong. They have a teeny tiny narrow vision of the world. If they have the money to afford to travel, then they will find out it is not uncommon to see situation like that all over the world. They have nothing better to do than picking on a little kid. You know what, these hypo probably themselves had done the same thing that they would not dare to say.
These lackeys only dare to insult their own people. Once they encountered the white people, they would be hiding like a rat and would not dare to say a single word.
Go find yourself a life instead of “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”.
Camel
I have seen many Westerners urinating in puplic spaces, corners and behind trees in LKF or especially in Sai Kung, NT. So, what does this tell us?
Formerly ******
Why not put up more portable pay toilets, as does NYC?
為什麼不把更便攜的收費廁所,NYC 一樣?
edulink
I am a westerner living in Hong Kong and have to confess that on more than one occasion, in moments of emergencies, my toddler daughters resorted to drains on discrete corners of HK streets. It happens - not often and only when a loo couldn't be found- and I can't remember any protests or objections. And daily, our dogs wee on lamp posts, with no protests. Why the fuss when a mainland child does the same? We don't see this every day and the child was no doubt desperate. It is time HK people become more tolerant of mainlanders and the challenges of being out and about with a child in this urban jungle.
ssslmcs01
It seems that you haven't been paying attention to the news so let me ask you this question, if it happened that someone took a photo of your child urinating on a Hong Kong street would you steal their SD card?
There are thousands of Chinese visitors in Hong Kong every day. I'm sure that there are countless cases of Chinese parents encouraging their little ones to urinate in public places. I've seen it myself a number of times most recently in the tunnel between T.S.T. and T.S.T. East station. None of the cases I've witnessed have made it into the news which means Hong Kong people tolerate this behavior often. The difference in this case is that the behavior of the mother of the child turned this from a matter of a fine for relieving themselves in public to a matter of theft, the mother stole the camera/SD card of one of the men.
As for your case, I would recommend that you obey the law. There are millions of people in Hong Kong and a lot of families have young children, why haven't there been so many cases of Hongkongers doing such behavior.

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