Fans of Mandopop superstar Jay Chou on Monday thanked the Taiwanese artist for his support of abused children as they drew a parallel between the artist’s recent Facebook post and the news that two youngsters were detained by Hong Kong police during a Mother’s Day protest.
On Sunday, hundreds of Hong Kong people who protested in Kowloon’s Mong Kok, calling for five key demands in response to the extradition bill, were dispersed by riot police. Among the crowd, two volunteer reporters, aged 12 and 16, were arrested by local police after the protest, which sparked outrage among Hong Kongers.
Both students, who were covering the protest at Tsim Sha Tsui’s Harbor City mall with proper safety gear, held press passes. Still, the police brought them to the police station.
Following the detention of two student journalists, Chou called on people to pay attention to abused children in a Facebook post with the hashtag Taiwan Fund for Children and Families. “Time may heal wounds but may not be able to eliminate the fear. Help the abused children, we need to show more concern for them,” the star said in his post.
周董此文被大批網友聯想是在為兩名香港學生記者發聲，貼文發布半天，已有超過6萬人點讚、4千多次轉發及2.8萬條留言，留言區充斥「#感謝周董為香港黑警虐待孩子發聲 #光復香港 #時代革命 #五大訴求 #缺一不可 」 的罐頭留言。
Chou’s post, which was linked by many to the detention of the two student journalists, received more than 60,000 likes, 4,000 shared, 28,000 comments. In the comment section, some said, “Thank you, Jay Chou, for voicing your support for the children abused by riot police.”