Thunberg ‘falls for Wong’s PR stunt’ related to 12 HK anti-govt rioters

Source: Global Times Published: 2020/10/18 13:12:01

Thunberg Photo: VCG

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been criticized by Chinese netizens for being ignorant and "falling for Hong Kong secessionist Joshua Wong's PR stunt" after she blindly joined Wong in requesting the release of 12 Hong Kong anti-government rioters detained for illegally crossing the border.

Thunberg, 17, again grabbed attention on Chinese social media after she retweeted Wong's tweet on October 12, urging the release of the rioters. Thunberg said on Saturday she had been "nominated by Joshua Wong to join the campaign," and asked netizens to "spread the word" by tagging three Twitter friends. 

Along with her tweet, she also posted a picture of herself holding a card that said, "#SAVE12 HKYOUTHS."

Their collusion was soon met with a backlash on the Chinese internet, with the majority of netizens calling it "despicable." 

"She is calling white black by asking to save the Hong Kong rioters, which also shows that she is nothing but a clown eager to play to the gallery," commented one Sina Weibo netizen.

China Coast Guard arrested 12 people suspected of illegally crossing the border in waters under mainland jurisdiction in South China's Guangdong Province in August. Hong Kong media reported that one of them was an anti-government rioter who had violated the national security law for Hong Kong.

"When Thunberg began to gain fame, I found her very juvenile… and much more of a celebrity who serves the needs of politicians and capital. Now she seems to be lost in all sorts of populist movements, which proves that she is backed by certain political groups," said another Net user.

Some netizens also criticized her for meddling in Hong Kong's affairs while keeping silent on the Japanese government's plan to release contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea, with some asking, "Isn't she an 'environmental activist'?"

This is not the first time that Thunberg was found to have fallen for Wong's PR stunts. In December last year, Wong posted a long Twitter thread connecting the topic of climate change with the Hong Kong issue, claiming that both share some similarities and that the world cheered and applauded for youths who stand up and fight. 

The Swedish girl responded in a tweet that it was very "important" and "inspirational." 

Global Times 


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