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Earlier in June, protests began in Hong Kong in opposition to an extradition bill that has since been shelved. While the bill was suspended, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, has still not formally withdrawn it.

Now, protests have expanded across the city, with Hong Kong citizens demanding an investigation into police brutality, democracy, and overall political reform.

Over the past two days, tensions rose once again after protesters staged a sit-in at the Hong Kong International Airport, causing hundreds of flights to be cancelled. However, the airport resumed operations earlier today (14th August) after clashes with police officers on Tuesday night. 

As a result of these protests, many travellers were left stranded at the airport.

Videos of foreigners complaining about the protests soon began to go viral. Three videos, in particular, one of an Australian tourist arguing with protesters, another of an expatriate from South Africa upset over the protests, and one of a tourist from Turkey angry protesters at the airport, have been circulating on social media.

The video fo the Australian tourist shows him in a heated exchange with protesters. He can be heard telling them to “get a job” and that the protests would be bad for businesses and their economy, to which the protesters replied, “You are upset because your flight was delayed. We are upset because our system is corrupted.”

Netizens soon began to criticise the Australian man for not understanding the reason people in Hong Kong were protesting in the first place.

Another video that went viral shows a South African woman tearfully expressing her distress over the protests, saying that she moved from her country to avoid a similar issue happening there. She can be heard saying,

“South Africa has this, I don’t want this. This is not the Hong Kong I’ve learned to love. Everyone in Hong Kong is so welcoming to all foreigners and then to experience this, it hurts me. It really hurts me.”

“I appreciate what everyone is fighting for, but this isn’t what it’s supposed to be like. This is not the Hong Kong I want to be in. I would rather go back to South Africa if this is what I’ll be living with for the next few years. It’s unacceptable.”

This video was also met with comments from netizens criticising the woman’s reaction to the protests, calling her privileged and entitled.

The video of a tourist from Turkey who was stuck in Hong Kong while in transit to Thailand is also circulating. The woman can be heard blaming the protesters for causing stress to travellers.

This video also faced similar backlash from netizens.

Stay tuned for more updates on the situation in Hong Kong. 

 

Also read: Nearly 200 Incoming & Outgoing Flights Cancelled At Hong Kong International Airport

Nearly 200 Incoming & Outgoing Flights Cancelled At Hong Kong International Airport - WORLD OF BUZZ

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