South Korea’s Lotte Group is having a particularly tough time of late, after agreeing to hand over land to build the THAAD missile defense system, the company has become the target of Chinese nationalism with over half of its stores in China being closed down as “patriotic” dancing aunties protest in front of the ones still left open — and now Chinese primary school kids are even being indoctrinated against their foodstuffs.
One video that has been making the rounds recently shows Chinese primary school students holding banners and chanting anti-Korea and anti-Lotte slogans at a rally outside.
“Lotte, leave China! Boycott Korean goods! Protest THAAD! Love China!” the children shout along with a teacher.
“This behavior is typical of the time before the Cultural Revolution,” commented Wang Dan, one of the student leaders of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, who posted the video onto Facebook.
In another video, primary school students are seen in an assemly hall, vowing to love China and boycott Lotte snacks.
A photo posted to Twitter also shows young students being shown pictures of Korean snacks that they should not buy.
— 缤纷岁月 (@szstupidcool) March 11, 2017
In addition to Lotte, China’s backlash against the US-backed THAAD missile system has come down hard on the South Korean tourism industry. On Saturday, a cruise ship full of 3,400 Chinese tourists refused to set foot on South Korean soil after docking at the popular resort island of Jeju.
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