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Hong Kong’s wealthiest man, Li Ka-shing, bought multiple front-page newspaper ads Friday encouraging protesters to “love China” and “love [the] rule of law.”
The 91-year-old also apparently paid a man known as the “French Spider-Man” to unfurl a large red banner showing a unified Chinese communist and Hong Kong flag and two hands shaking.
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Li’s front-page ads used cryptic language to discourage Hong Kong residents from protesting against the repressive communist state, as they have been doing by the millions since early June. The ad featured the Chinese character for the word “violence” crossed out by a red circle and the message, “the best intentions can bring the worst results, cease the anger with love,” according to a translation by the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP).
“Love China, love Hong Kong, love oneself; love freedom, love empathy, love rule of law,” the ads read.
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Another version of the ad alluded to a Tang dynasty poem, reading, “the melon of Huangtai cannot bear the picking again,” the South China Morning Post translated. In the poem, a Tang dynasty crown prince warns that picking too much fruit off of a healthy melon tree can kill it; Li appears to be warning that Hong Kong protesters demanding too much freedom from the Communist Party may end up killing off Hong Kong entirely.
On the same day that Li published the ads, Alain Robert, a famous skyscraper climber, hoisted a flag over Li’s Cheung Kong Center building showing the Communist Party flag united with the bauhinia flower in the center of the Hong Kong flag and red and yellow hands in a handshake.
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Hong Kong issued a one-year ban on Robert’s extreme climbing almost exactly one year ago Friday.
Li, a businessman that has flourished in the two decades of Chinese rule over the city, issued a statement following the publication...
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