“Eradicating pests is everyone’s duty”, 11 October 2019

Throughout the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the protester have often been dehumanised as cockroaches, with critics of this dehumanising language often pointing out that the use of such dehumanising language has oft been the hallmark of a regime intent on eradicating a group of people. The signs carried by the pro-Beijing protesters at Denise Ho’s concert in London in 11 October 2019 stated, “Eradicating pests is everyone’s duty,” with one of the signs falling over on top of a handheld Chinese flag on the pavement.

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