A friend of mind offers this excellent, thoughtful, long and very detailed blog post about the “protests” by Chinese in New Zealand.


“Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” - William Golding, Lord of the Flies

Sunday afternoon saw Auckland subjected to a mass display of ugly Chinese nationalism. Thousands of Chinese gathered in Aotea Square for what was billed as a “celebration” to “support the Beijing Olympics” and promote “peace and harmony’. In reality the event was clearly a political rally. Olympic references were drowned out by nationalistic flag waving and chanting. The chauvinistic demeanor of the majority, coupled with a lack of policing, encouraged a large and hostile minority to indulge in physical intimidation and random violence. Within a few minutes of arriving at the event I was assaulted and abused, getting rescued from the hostile crowd by a protest marshal. The marshal then politely asked me to leave, because the event was, in his own words, “not safe for New Zealanders”.

So what exactly happened here?

Go read. It didn’t seem to make the world news. It’s ridiculous that China, so strongly politicizing the Olympics in every way, shape, and form, criticizes others for responding to its politicization of the Olympics.