Jackie Chan’s Patriotic Remarks and Pressure on Cathay Pacific
On August 4, 2019, demonstrators threw the Chinese flag at the port of Tsim Sha Tsui into the sea.
Many Chinese media have begun to report that the flag should be respected by all Chinese people.
When actor Jackie Chan was interviewed, he insisted that “I wanted to express the most basic principles of patriotism as a Hong Kong citizen and a Chinese. I am a national flag guard.”
When the Tiananmen Square Incident occurred in 1989, he, like many Hong Kong entertainers, supported democracy.
But as his business base moved from Hong Kong to mainland China, his ideas seem to have become more of a Chinese Communist Party.
Regarding Taiwan’s presidential election in 2004, he said, “Taiwan’s election is the biggest joke in the world,” and was disliked by many Taiwanese.
After this, the Chinese flag was often abandoned in demonstrations.
At a demonstration in Sha Tin on September 15, 2019, a 21-year-old man dumped the flag on the square into the trash can.
He was accused of insulting the national flag and was forced into 200 hours of social service.
In addition, airport officials participated in the demonstration held at the airport.
It was discovered that an employee of Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong company, was participating in the demonstration.
This prohibited the employees from engaging in flights to mainland China.
A total of 30 people, including pilots and cabin attendants, were forced to dismiss or resign.
The demonstrations have reduced Cathay Pacific passenger numbers, revealing that they succumb to pressure from Chinese authorities.