I need to point out firstly that this blog was never meant to be a political one, but it’s impossible to ignore the madness that has been unfolding in recent weeks.
In cities all across China, citizens are protesting outside French owned Carrefour stores following the violent protests in Paris when the Olympic torch relay passed through the French capital. All over the country, activists are planning how they can take revenge on Carrefour and calling for Chinese people to boycott the stores. I’ve even heard (unsubstantiated) rumours that some shoppers have been attacked by protesters outside Carrefour stores. At the same time, CNN, the American news network is being criticised after one of its presenters, Jack Cafferty, referred to Chinese leaders as “a bunch of goons and thugs”.
I’ve been very supportive of China in recent posts, but I have to say, China, you can’t have it both ways. Protesting against Carrefour just because it is French owned is as ridiculous as the foreigners protesting about Tibet. And if you don’t like being called goons and thugs then don’t act like goons and thugs with this insane mob mentality which we last saw 3 years ago when all the Chinese were hot and bothered by the Japanese.
CNN and Jack Cafferty by the way, have since apologised and rightly so.