It may look some redneck cop just shot another unarmed black guy. Actually, those pictures you’re seeing all over the Internet are being taken in Hong Kong – NOT the US.
Sorry, folks. Seems America doesn’t have a monopoly on paramilitary police harassing peaceful protests.
No prizes for guessing who’s competing hardest to take over this traditional American stronghold: that’s right, China. But have we still got the stones to put on the ultimate showdown of excessive police brutality, or is the People’s Republic getting Yellow-Perilously closing to eating the West’s authoritarian lunch? Let’s take a look…
1. Pointing guns at unarmed people
This one’s almost too close to call – but if you put an M-4 to our head and threatened to fire a rubber bullet, we’d blurt out, “Ferguson!”
We say: Military-grade weaponry will always have that long-range edge on an old-fashioned shotgun
2. Media coverage silenced
Sorry, Jake Tapper, but running around – live on air! – telling the American public about the egregious behavior of their small-town police forces sounds suspiciously like a free press to us
We say: China. CNN, how about claiming that a lot of people in Ferguson were celebrating Martin Luther King Day early this year?
3. Police dressed-up as obvious bad guys
Amazing: Both the Hong Kong police and Ferguson PD have taken a clear leaf out of Wolfenstein
We say: A clear draw. Doesn’t matter where you are, that’s some scary-ass, SS-looking shit
4. Comparisons to Tiananmen
Again, we have to take our hats off to the Chinese authorities. It took at least a week for a cartoonist in American to make this Tank Man analogy. In Hong Kong? About five hours
We say: China. Hats off, too, to you HK protestors for coming up with an umbrella as an image of peaceful protest. It almost makes you look like law-abiding demonstrators, rather than violent revolutionaries
5. Cops looking bored
Hey, it’s not just hard work for those peeps out protesting. Anyone’s arms will get a little stiff from tossing CS grenades. Cops need to relax too, but the question is: Who does it with more style?
We say: It’s ’Murica. Arms folded, exchanging eye-rolling glances, the Ferguson boys in blue radiate disdain for peaceful assembly, making the Hong Kong cops look lazy in comparison
6. Protestors looking peaceful
We say: China, hands down. Or rather, hands up!
Verdict: Man the barricades and top up the Homeland Security budget, America – because the Chinese are coming!