A French climber known as “Spiderman” has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and put up a banner urging peace in the city rocked by political unrest. But his stunt met with mixed reaction online.
Alain Robert unfurled a banner showing a handshake and the flags of Hong Kong and China on Friday morning on the Cheung Kong Center, which is owned by billionaire Li Ka Shing, one of Asia’s richest people.
Li on Friday put out several ads in Hong Kong newspapers, urging an end to the past weeks’ violence.
In the meantime, Liu Yifei, the actress starring in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan” remake, waded into the Hong Kong protest controversy on Thursday by expressing support for the city’s police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest.
“I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,” she posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese social media platform.
Immediately, people began posting #BoycottMulan on Twitter — which is banned in China. Twitter users accused the actress of supporting police brutality and called out the fact that she’s an American citizen. She also received plenty of praise on Weibo, the dominant platform in China. Nearly all the comments on her post echoed support for the Hong Kong police and Beijing.
Hong Kong is braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and U.S. President Donald Trump urged his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to meet with the protesters to defuse weeks of tensions.
Hong Kong has seen months of anti-government protests that have sometimes led to violent clashes with police.
Ten weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997 and have presented the biggest popular challenge to Xi in his seven years in power.