Hatred and anger erupt in Hong Kong

International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe writes today:

When a young mainland Chinese women was hit by a truck in Hong Kong and died in hospital on Tuesday, the territory’s social media networks throbbed with messages not of sympathy, but with hatred of everything she represented.

Thousands of messages were posted on social media sites saying, with varying degrees of hatred and anger, that Liu Han, a 25-year-old graduate of Hong Kong University who worked in the financial industry, embodied all that is wrong with the way mainland Chinese and the Beijing government use the territory.

Manthorpe examines the reaction to Liu’s death, just one of the “increasingly-frequent incidents that speak of a growing anger and contempt among Hongkongers for their overlords in Beijing.”

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