Chow Yun-Fat Speaks Out in Support of Hong Kong Democracy Protestors
The Bulletproof Monk criticises the police's use of tear gas on demonstrators
Chow Yun-Fat has become one of the first and most prominent celebrities to speak up about the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, Channel News Asia reported on Wednesday.
Citing a Cantonese-language interview in the Apple Daily, Channel News Asia reported Chow as saying: “I’ve met the residents, the students — they are very brave and it’s touching to see that they’re fighting for what they want. The students are reasonable. If the government can come up with a solution that the citizens or students are satisfied with, I believe the crisis will end.”
Chow, was also critical of the police's use of tear gas on demonstrators on Sunday, which he felt was excessive. “When the government uses violent measures on students, it’s a turn-off for the people of Hong Kong,” he said. “I don’t wish to see anyone getting hurt… it was a peaceful demonstration, and there was no need for any violence or tear gas.”
As Hong Kong enters the sixth day of pro-democracy protests, most celebrities have steered clear of commenting publicly on a highly charged topic. Those who have spoken out have urged both the demonstrators and the police to stay safe and eschew violence.
Actor-singer Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, A Simple Life) said in a post on a fan site that protestors should “not let their feelings be swayed by a few people sowing discord,” and said there should be “no tear gas, no violence, no abuse.”
Lau's Infernal Affairs co-star Tony Leung Chiu-wai also weighed in, telling Apple Daily: “I support all the people of Hong Kong who peacefully ask for what they want, and protest the government’s use of excessive force against people who have gathered peacefully, and hope the government can quickly arrange for sincere talks with the people."
Oct. 2, 11:26 p.m. Updated with additional response from Tony Leung Chiu-wai .