Hong Kong Protests: The Power of RidiculePosted: October 15, 2014
For Hong Kong Protesters, Ridicule Proves an Effective Formula
Lusty choruses of the song—in English—rang out in the working-class neighborhood of Mong Kok last week when thugs descended to try to break up the sit-in demonstrations there. The crowds would engulf a hostile interloper and strike up the melody.
It was musical mockery; the equivalent of the medieval pillory designed to publicly embarrass and humiliate.
On a much wider scale, this tactic has proved remarkably effective—and it will remain so even if police action this week to remove the barricades ultimately heralds the crumbling of the student-led movement. Over the past two weeks, the students have poured scorn on a proposed electoral system to select the territory’s next leader that purports to bestow universal suffrage but that will, in reality, be a popular vote only for candidates preapproved by a committee stacked with pro-Beijing members….(Read more)