Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong shared photos of him playing Nintendo’s Animal Crossing after Chinese players criticized him for banning mainland video games.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons disappeared from Chinese Taobao and Pinduoduo platforms last week, Reuters reported. The secretary general of the pro-democracy group Demosisto said he was a fan of popular games and had received death threats from internet users on the continent after the dismantling.
The simulation allows users to create tools, decorations and other creature comforts from scratch on their character’s desert islands.
However, some users in Hong Kong have created pro-democracy and anti-government messages in the digital world. Flags containing protest slogans such as “Free Hong Kong, the Revolution of Our Time”, funeral photographs of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and wicked beating sessions against Carrie Lam of Hong Kong are among the virtual protests that took place. multiplied.
Protests broke out last June across Hong Kong over an extradition bill now axed. They degenerated into sometimes violent demonstrations of dissent against police behavior, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment. Protests in the real world have largely come to a halt since the coronavirus outbreak.
In recent days, Wong has shared a series of edited photos of himself on social media, holding a Switch console displaying other popular games, including “World War Z”, “Grand Theft Auto” and “Battlefield”.
“What games does this clown who looks like a monkey think aloud to play for himself?” Remove them from all. Wong wrote in a humorous legend.
He told HKFP that he wanted to underline China’s censorship: “It is so absurd that even a family game is not allowed behind the Chinese firewall,” he said.
Internet users have also created an Instagram story filter and memes generator for users to overlay other images on Wong’s Switch screen.
The activist told HKFP that since Chinese players could not openly criticize the state, they blamed it for the ban.
“Sweet power ’
Wong said the impact of the Internet saga was not limited to Hong Kong and China.
“This is an event where the soft power of different countries is compared … Animal crossing has also connected Thai and Hong Kong users in recent Twitter battles, “he said, referring to a line on Twitter involving Thai actor Bright and his girlfriend Nnevvy after the couple called Taiwan a country. .
Chinese netizens have invaded Thais, including their monarch, government and food. The Thai, meanwhile, responded with relaxed and humorous memes under the hashtag “#nnevvy”.
“Hong Kong stand[s] with our freedom-loving friends in Thailand against Chinese bullying! #nnevvy, ”Wong then tweeted.
He said nearly two million Twitter users saw his tweet.