Pro-Beijing supporters tear down Lennon Wall at Aberdeen Station (VIDEOS)

Oct 2 2019, 6:43 pm

A makeshift “Lennon Wall” set up outside SkyTrain’s Aberdeen Station in Richmond by Hong Kong supporters was quickly torn down by Chinese nationalists, according to accounts on social media.

Video footage submitted to Daily Hive shows several individuals ripping off signs and sticky notes left on the wall until nearly nothing was left.

A separate clip also shows a brief exchange between what appears to be a Hong Kong supporter and several of the pro-Bejing followers.

The incident took place on Tuesday in the late afternoon. According to Kevin Haung, who captured the incident on Twitter, the wall was torn down within an hour of being built.

Some of the phrases said by the pro-Chinese Community Party (CCP) individuals allegedly include “It’s our freedom (to be here and destroy the wall),” “It’s you that started insulting us,” and “Doesn’t Canada have problems too?”

Huang writes on Twitter that the event was organized “by high school students who wanted to do something to show support for the #HongKongProtests” and that they had gone to the station after classes ended.

The original concept of a Lennon Wall, which is found the Czech Republic, was filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics of Beatles songs in the 1980s. Makeshift Lennon Walls have since been made around the world, typically with designs supporting other local or global causes.

Huang also writes that several of the wall organizers and event-goers reported “being followed by Pro-CCP people as they [left] the event” on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app.

Pro-Hong Kong and pro-CCP protests at UBC

On the same day that the Lennon Wall was torn down, a Hong Kong protest took place at the University of British Columbia (UBC). According to Huang, pro-CCP nationalists also formed a counter-protest.

Organizers reported that pro-Beijing supporters allegedly threw water on the signs of Hong Kong supporters and were “physically aggressive.”

Videos uploaded on social media appears to also show the pro-CCP nationalists using water to wash away chalk writing left by Hong Kong supporters.

The rallies and protests between Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters and pro-CCP supporters (also often referenced to as pro-Beijing, Beijing supporters, or Chinese nationalists), began in early June.

The protests first began over a controversial extradition bill but has since expanded to entail a number of other demands, including an independent inquiry on police brutality in earlier incidents, the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam, and a full official withdrawal of the bill from the legislative process.

The events also highlight pent up frustrations with Hong Kong’s social issues, including housing unaffordability, as well as fears over Hong Kong’s autonomy and protected freedoms.

Within the Lower Mainland, other protests have taken place at SkyTrain stations in Downtown Vancouver, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.

Daily Hive has reached out to the RCMP in regards to both events.

With files from Kenneth Chan

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