Chinese state media has been making use of the plight of the everyday Hong Konger to stir hearts and minds against the Occupy Central movement that is now into its eighth day of protests.
On September 30, a new online video of an unnamed middle-aged man standing in front of a construction site was released, with him appealing to protestors: “Your voices have been heard…Has it ever occured to you that your parents and children are waiting for you to go home? They are worried about you.” The post has since circulated widely online, with a Xinhua article on 3 October marketing the video under the headline: “Hong Kong’s anxious uncle tearfully asks children to return home, moving countless millions of netizens”, and with multiple search results for “anxious uncle” showing up, reports Foreign Policy.
Meanwhile, another article headlined “Hong Kong people rant at Occupy Central protestors” has also been released on China News, bearing photos of disgruntled-looking taxi drivers clamouring for business and an unhappy middle-aged everyday man – not the violent pro-Beijing protestors – expressing his concerns to Hong Kong protestors. Whether these characters are actual Hong Kong citizens or mainlanders remains unclear.
Taxi driver protestors (apparently) are seen here carrying placards that say: “Return us our livelihoods, clear the roads”
The full video of the Anxious Hong Kong uncle here: