A few hundred people gathered outside Old City Hall on Saturday afternoon intending to march around the Eaton Centre in solidarity with protestors in Hong Kong. However, the protesters were blocked by a pro-China group chanting "one China," One Country Two System" "traitors!". The group, mostly foreign students from China were driving luxury vehicles, waving Red China flags while shouting profanity disparaging to the poor.
多伦多抗议活动中的这场“特殊表演”似乎进一步助长了“爱国”情绪，中国官方传媒和其效忠者也随即全力以赴，大张旗鼓地进行跟进报道。 “多伦多中国学生驾驶豪华轿车阻止香港抗议者，场面壮观！” “五星红旗飘扬，雄壮的国歌嘹亮，中华人民热血沸腾，爱国激情高昂！” “要论资产雄厚，爱国热情高涨，谁也比不过中国留学生！”随着中国宣传机器的高速旋转，这类吹捧文章在微信上盛传不衰。
The big scene they created at the protest has seemingly fueled "love motherland" sentiment, and China state media and its followers went into overdrive. "Chinese students in Toronto drove luxury cars to block Hong Kong protesters, creating a spectacular scene!" "A wave of China Five Star Flags and omnipresent National Anthem Highlighting Chinese people Enthusiastic Love for Their Motherland!" "In showing their massive assets as well as outpouring love for their country, the Chinese students have no competitors!" Essays with such headlines clogged the WeChat feed as the Chinese propaganda operation kicks into full throttle.
但这一豪车之景却引起了当地加国人士的强烈反弹。许多人在社交媒体上发声，通过网络张贴表达心中的厌恶之情。Reddit 网站上一幅网帖称：“一幅肮脏的金钱画面，令人厌恶！” “最让我不能忍受的是他们居然有胆子到加拿大来臭显！丝毫不尊重他人的感情！”
However, the scene has sparked a backlash from local Canadians. Many vented their dissatisfactions on social media, expressing their disgust through online comments. “So much new money obnoxiousness in one place!” “What pisses me off the most is the nerve they have to come to Canada and pull this xxxx off. It’s completely disrespectful!” said a post on Reddit.
As the economic elites, these students are well-ahead of hundreds of millions of Chinese people who have yet to make to the middle class. Their massive wealth is a sharp contrast to the gloomy economic prospects faced by Hong Kong youths. Lack of decent accommodation, stable job, and a middle-class income, many young protesters in Hong Kong are struggling to fulfill basic needs.
Flaunting wealth in front of those suffering economic inequality highlights an inflated ego, the worst human nature of cruelty, and a sickening willingness to bully the marginalized counterparts. A significant portion of the money might flow to their pockets through corruption, bribery, and illegal means, or even at the expense of the economic desperation of the young and working-class people in Hong Kong. Their cruelty will be put into more heightened scrutiny if they obtain the money illegally. “I find it incredibly sad that they flaunt their stolen wealth, ” said another post.
Other posts condemn the students' action of countering a democratic protest, challenging their strong ties with the Chinese government. "They are the privileged elites in China, being part of or closely connected to the ruling class. Their supreme social and economic status in China determines they support the authoritarian regime and toe the party lines".
"The reason they can flaunt that wealth is that they obtained them on the backs of someone else. These ultra-wealthy kids know where their bread is getting buttered. They're not going to sit in silence while protesters speak ill of the government that provides them and their families with those ill-gotten gains," says another post.
Many online posts have reached a consensus that Canadian should not allow the cruel and undemocratic actions to take place in our democratic and compassionate country. They urge the Canadian government to defy foreign influence.
"If we allow the Chinese government and its supporters to determine what we can speak publicly about, then we are in big trouble," one post says. "Shame on any Canadian, Chinese or Caucasian, Brown or Black, who allow themselves to be under the Chinese foreign Influencers. Canada will forever remain free against foreign influence. All China influencers and puppets should go home immediately."
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