The woman is sobbing: “South Africa has this. I don’t want this. This is not the Hong Kong that I’ve learnt to love. Everybody in Hong Kong is so lovable and welcoming to foreigners.”
The reaction back home this week was immediate, visceral and generally vicious. She was castigated, especially by the “Woke” and the “Best Whites” on social media for her apparent selfishness and her white privilege, because by common consent the protest is righteous; it’s against mainland China and now she’s made it all about her.
Most ignored what she said next: “There’s a good and bad to both sides (police and protest), I just wish that both sides would just stop. I understand what they’re fighting for we’re not supposed to be like this, we’re supposed to be fighting together, not against each other.”
Nobody has plumbed an essential truth in what she said: that protests are terrifying and that irrespective of the noble aim, there is invariably an anti-social element which will seek to use the mob to slake their lust for destruction.