[ View the story "Hong Kong and China face off in 'bladder war'" on Storify] Hong Kong and China face off in 'bladder war' Tourist toddler relieving himself sparks local outrage over public urination.
The Stream· Thu, May 01 2014 12:14:32
Chinese netizens are
for protest by public urination as a spat between China and Hong Kong heats up. The campaign asks Chinese parents to take their children to urinate in Hong Kong's public spaces on May 1 and comes in response to a similar
in Hong Kong. In April, mainland Chinese parents were shamed by Hong Kong locals for allowing their toddler to urinate on the street. The parents were
at the time on suspicion of assault.
The incident in Hong Kong is the latest event to highlight the culture clash between Hong Kong residents and mainland Chinese visitors. It sparked a wide range of responses on social media, including Weibo and Facebook.
Below is the photograph that triggered a wave of reactions:
In the video below, Hong Kong locals confront the parents.
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The incident sparked a wave of protests from Hong Kong residents.
On Thursday, locals staged a rally,
mainland Chinese tourists ahead of a weeklong national holiday in China.
Many online condemned urinating in public:
Letting a child defecate in public is an offence! We need to take photos for this kind of uncivilised behaviour so that we could have evidences to be shown in court as otherwise without photo you chinese would frame us that we frame you.Lau Wing Fung
Why would people argue over this? I thought it was pretty obvious that pooping on street is wrong.Angus Wong
The mainlanders think it's a small matter, and some thinks it's completely fine to do this, an insult to HK. If the parents apologized on the spot or just shy away, nothing would come of it, it's because they and their fellows decided to strike back is why there is a uproar in the first place. We HKers have had enough, enough is enough.Kael'thas Kamiya
I live in Shanghai and have seen mothers and fathers allowing kids to pee and poop anywhere and everywhere, including in a potted plant in a restaurant, and inside a car on the Shanghai metro. Sorry , but this is not acceptable behavior by any standard ... Maybe out in the country side or farmlands, ok, but certainly not in a metropolitan city.Ken Kummins
Others said the public shaming was unacceptable.
exactly. the kid's parents were definitely not doing the right thing. but how hong kongers are reacting is even more ridiculous. AND you dont call that "racist", because Hongkongers are Chinese too. I'd rather call that SELF-DISCRIMINATION.Alexander Li Shufu
Unfair comments and over-reaction will only provoke more and stronger hatred.Patrick Shu Wing Lee
In response to the outcry, Chinese netizens called for a travel boycott to Hong Kong starting June 1. A poll
on Chinese social media site Sohu over the incident. More than 267,000 were surveyed and nearly 40 per cent considered it an example of prejudice by Hong Kong locals against mainlanders.
A Sina.com poll
64 per cent of users believe urinating on the street should be acceptable under certain circumstances.
An opinion piece by the China state-run Global Times
the protests as "disgusting" and labeled Hong Kong demonstrators as "skinheads".
This handful of radicals in Hong Kong remind us of the rampant skinheads and neo-Nazis in Europe. Xenophobia is the cult of these groups. Their opinions have an effect on public opinion, but their actions will usually make trouble for mainstream society. These Hong Kong "skinheads" shamed Hong Kong civilization, which has to take a much longer time and more efforts to eliminate the ill effects.globaltimes.cn
Hong Kong animators from DDED
this video below mocking a battle between Hong Kong locals and mainland Chinese tourists ahead of the holidays.
According to Hong Kong's Tourism Commission, in 2013 mainland China visitors
to be the largest tourist group with 40.7 million arrivals, accounting for 75 per cent of total visitors.