- Title: 'Life is better now': Pro-Beijing supporter critical of Hong Kong protesters
- Date: 29th September 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS) (MUTE) TIMELAPSE OF DASHBOARD VIEW OF TAXI DRIVING ALONG HONG KONG STREETS VARIOUS PRO-BEIJING TAXI DRIVER, 57, WHO ONLY GAVE HIS NAME AS MR. LI / HANDS HOLDING STEERING WHEEL TAXI SIGN NEAR DASHBOARD VIEW OF STREET FROM SIDE VIEW MIRROR (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) PRO-BEIJING TAXI DRIVER, MR. LI, 57, SAYING: "People in Hong Kong amplified the problem. I think the way they (the protesters) operate is just like how the Communists do things, controlling public opinion with commentaries and discussing non-stop about topics that are only beneficial to themselves. And pretend they don't hear anything that they disagree, as if nothing happened. I think it's bizarre. Why are they afraid of the Communist Party when they are acting the same way?" LI'S FOOT PRESSING ACCELERATOR AND BREAK LI SITTING IN TAXI, SPEAKING / TRAFFIC LIGHT ON ROADSIDE (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) PRO-BEIJING TAXI DRIVER, MR. LI, 57, SAYING: "This generation is different. Their parents would buy them things before they even say (they need them), so that's why they think they deserve to have everything without striving for it, since the parents will provide it. Growing up, if they said 'I want this stationary' and the parents don't buy it for them, then they'll throw a tantrum and say, 'No, I don't care, I want it.' So, when this becomes a habit, now they've grown up, and when they don't get what they want, they throw a tantrums and vandalize everything in their home (Hong Kong)."
- Embargoed: 13th October 2019 03:03
- Keywords: Hong Kong China Beijing taxi driver protests extradition bill
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYPKWUF
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- Story Text:Mr. Li, who did not want to give his full name, is a 57-year-old taxi driver in Hong Kong, and believes he's part of a silent minority who supports the policies of mainland China.
Even though anti-government protests have rocked Hong Kong for the past few months, he says his business hasn't really been affected.
The protests have escalated from mass rallies opposing a controversial law that would extradite suspects to mainland China to demonstrations against the government. Some have even voiced their demand for democracy to be given to Hong Kong.
Protesters are angry about what they see as creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula intended to guarantee freedoms that are not enjoyed on the mainland.
Li compared the protesters to "spoiled children".
"When they don't get what they want, they throw a tantrums and vandalize everything in their home," referring to video showing protesters throwing rocks at police and breaking machines at MTR stations.
Li said life under British rule was not democratic, even though protesters have been appealing to the UK to push for democracy.
"I didn't like the U.K. when they were ruling Hong Kong, they wouldn't ever ask you whether you liked them or not, everything was all decided by them," said Li, chided the young protesters for being 'naive'.
"What changed is, the country that rules us is now China not England. In general, life is better now," he added.
Hong Kong is on edge ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1, with authorities eager to avoid scenes that could embarrass the central government in Beijing. Activists have planned a whole host of protests on the day.
(Production: Tommy Ardiansyah, Angie Teo, Joseph Campbell)
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