Today I decided
to take a look at how Southern Metropolis' News Corp
will stage its protest.
When I approach
the scene, I spot a big crowd gathering before the
front gate of its office building
But, wait a minute,
something doesn't seem right ...
Then .... from
the corners of my eyes I register some human-shaped
Ar ha, here they are, the brave-hearted Southern
News Corp guys! They somehow decide
to remain a low profile on a footpath near a bus stop,
leaving the eyeball grabbing central stage to their sworn
enemies - the patriotic
The audacious patriots have a loud speaker, shouting slogans
from time to time, and the onlookers follow their lead, also
shout patriotic slogans with them, which is quite outrageous.
And they sing the
"red" songs too!
The Southern News guys, who are staunch believers of the
universal value defined by a belligerent
keep a dignified silence.
In the first glance, the News guy group seemed to have
an acceptable crowd mass, however, when a bus comes, a big
chunk of the crowd just leave the universal
value about privatisation
and free market for the public transport run by Chinese state.
There was an elderly man surrounded by police. He was explaining
to the officers what the essence of Southern News guys's universal
ethic values is. They put their own words into my mouth
and distorted the facts altogether when reported the forced
demolition incident, he said, indignantly. Finally, the old
man advised the police officers to study Chairman
Mao work and learn how to respect truth.
While the old man educated the police, a middle aged man
told me how the universal value guys lost their ground to
the patriots. On the first day, that central stage was the
home ground to the News Corp's protest demonstration; but
on the second day, a few patriotic
leftists carrying a couple of red flags and two or three
placards occupied the spot before the News Corp staff turned
up. Despite the universal
guys overwhelmed the patriots in number and despite many
of them are outrageously bold in making lies and inflicting
insults with their pens, they are, after all, just petty
bourgeois and half-baked
intellectuals, trademarked with cowardice in real life,
thus abandoned the high ground without fight and lingered
on the sideways. On the third day, gosh, the left wing patriots
came in a force and with a loud speaker - what do you expect
the poor News guys to respond then?
When taking a history lesson on a territory dispute, all
of a sudden I heard a young guy from the patriotic crowd
yelling at the universal group,
"Hi mate, don't be so quiet, shout some slogans and
sing a song - sing "The Star-Spangled Banner",
come on, I've got my recorder ready -"