MAINLANDERS are planning to recruit a 14-strong ‘quarrel team’ to deal with Hong Kong hecklers at future demonstrations.
Activists said on Weibo (微博 ) that recruits will be paid 3,000 yuan (HK$3,715) each and trained in how to scold parallel trading protesters.
A user with the name ‘Kim1Chan’ wrote, “Plan to form a quarrel team to make its way to Hong Kong next month, salary 3,000 yuan.
“Training starts from 9am, including eloquence, voice volume, speed of speech and ‘fierce capacity’. Get-off time is 5pm. One meal will be included.
“Squad size about 11, with three bench players. Bonus of 300 yuan will be given if a Hong Kong person cries due to the scolding.”
‘Furious Ng junior’ wrote a similar post, but offered a 5,000 yuan salary and 500 yuan bonus.
The posts were in reaction to a young girl who cried after she and her mother were heckled in Tuen Mun (屯門). The second message was deleted a short while later. The protester who heckled them has since apologised, saying he had mistaken the mother for a parallel trader.
The 47-year-old man, surnamed Chan, was arrested later for being disorderly in a public place.
Chan came forward last Tuesday and apologised through the media to the woman, saying he had been a passerby who decided to help with Sunday’s protest. Chan was arrested in Tuen Mun while a 27-year-old man named Tsang was arrested in Tin Shui Wai in connection with Sunday’s action.
Mainlanders reacted differently to the plan to strike back.
‘Happy Zhang Jiang’ said she can tolerate the hecklers; ‘Libertine’ said he wants to apply for the job; while ‘Takanashi Rikka’ said it is a meaningless act.
Hong Kong users were generally not worried about the plan.
‘Adaylar’ advised mainlanders to apply for a work visa, while ‘Giant wheel dragon’ said he is not afraid.
The Federation of Trade Unions (香港工會聯合會) held a protest outside Wan Chai (灣仔) police headquarters last Tuesday, calling for strict enforcement of laws to protect tourists and shops.
Executive Council (行政會議) convener Lam Woon-kwong (林煥光) reiterated that the Shenzhen (深圳) government is taking action against parallel traders.
(The Standard, Kenneth Lau, 11 March, 2015)