September 28 is a day to remember in Hong Kong history as it sees the emergence of what started as a student groups led peaceful march escalating into Hong Kong’s unprecedented protests and police crackdown. When almost every major west media was breaking the news, mainland media unsurprisingly treated the matter in complete opposite way – silence.
In fact, today’s headlines in the Hong Kong-Macau section on one of China’s biggest news portal ifeng are: 4 Chinese faces on the Nobel Prize prediction list, 2 of whom born in Hong Kong; Hong Kong expecting to receive 8% more tourists during the golden week; Hong Kong custom solved 3 cases of iPhone smuggling etc. In short, as October 1st the birthday of new China looming in, mainland media is addressing anything but the pink elephant in the room.
And on another popular news portal Netease, there is not much luck finding any coverage about the protest other than one piece of non-visual repost from China’s propaganda outlet –Global Time. Here is a translated excerpt from that one and only article about Hong Kong protest on September 28th:
“Hong Kong police cleared the ground on 27th afternoon and arrested over 60 protestors who crashed into government headquarter the night before resulting in over 20 injured. Hong Kong government expressed their regret on the incident, and many political parties and the society strongly condemned the extreme opposition groups for defying Hong Kong’s rule of law, and demanded justice on them to settle Hong Kong people’s anger. The night before they crashed into government headquarter, students groups surrounded government house threatening to ‘take away the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Leung Chun Ying’. Hong Kong’s Occupy Central opposition group has already claimed that the confrontation against government on 26th was just a rehearsal for the upcoming occupying HK Central demonstration on October 1st, which added to Hong Kong civilians’ concern about violence. According to Hong Kong media, HKPD will dispatch 7000 policeman to deal with Occupy Central. More worryingly, the opposition is good at manipulation as some group members are already hard-selling the idea of “electing shadow chief executive” to western media, which fundamentally defies HK SAR government authority. Luckily on 27th, Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily is doing its part in restoring Hong Kong confidence by praising the extraordinary performance by HK athletes in the Asia Games, hoping to urge Hong Kong people to get out of the political swamp and retain HK spirits.”