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Unknown vandals scrawled 'Free Hong Kong' in red paint on the base of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

10 comments

  1. [10]
    MimicSquid
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    Ugh. I want to condemn the vandals for damaging something nice, and also how valuable is a statue, really, as compared to the disruption in Hong Kong? Is the harm done worth the awareness raised?...

    Ugh. I want to condemn the vandals for damaging something nice, and also how valuable is a statue, really, as compared to the disruption in Hong Kong? Is the harm done worth the awareness raised? Is it a useful way of raising awareness of the issue? I don't have any of the answers.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      Loire
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      The statue will be fine. Graffiti can be removed. The War for Freedom in Hong Kong continues.

      The statue will be fine. Graffiti can be removed. The War for Freedom in Hong Kong continues.

      9 votes
      1. rmgr
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        I mean... A crime is still a crime

        I mean... A crime is still a crime

        1 vote
    2. ReapersGale
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      Compared to previous cases of vandalism to the statue some paint on the supporting rock is quite tame; it's been beheaded a few time, paint tipped all over it to protest grindadráp on the Faroe...

      Ugh. I want to condemn the vandals for damaging something nice

      Compared to previous cases of vandalism to the statue some paint on the supporting rock is quite tame; it's been beheaded a few time, paint tipped all over it to protest grindadráp on the Faroe islands and blown off the rock with explosives at one point.

      3 votes
    3. [6]
      Sand
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      No. This raises no awareness, the Hong Kong protests are already well known.

      Is the harm done worth the awareness raised?

      No. This raises no awareness, the Hong Kong protests are already well known.

      1 vote
      1. [5]
        Loire
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        With us. Are the well known off the internet? You would be surprised what people outside of our bubble have no idea about. A number of my coworkers had no idea Australia was burning down as late...

        With us. Are the well known off the internet? You would be surprised what people outside of our bubble have no idea about. A number of my coworkers had no idea Australia was burning down as late as last week. You can't equate your own knowledge and connectivity to that of the average person.

        7 votes
        1. [4]
          Sand
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          Well 90% of the population use the internet, so I'd say yes. And if they didn't know about the Hong Kong protests now, I doubt some graffiti will change anything.

          Well 90% of the population use the internet, so I'd say yes. And if they didn't know about the Hong Kong protests now, I doubt some graffiti will change anything.

          2 votes
          1. [3]
            Loire
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            While I understand the point you are trying to make that is a fairly disingenuous interpretation. You know what I mean when I say "on the internet". You're dad isn't learning about Hong Kong when...

            Well 90% of the population use the internet,

            While I understand the point you are trying to make that is a fairly disingenuous interpretation.

            You know what I mean when I say "on the internet". You're dad isn't learning about Hong Kong when he is checking his email or on modeltrainenthusiadts.com.

            7 votes
            1. [2]
              Sand
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              Yes, fine, but my main point is the second one – some vandalism won't change anything.

              Yes, fine, but my main point is the second one – some vandalism won't change anything.

              2 votes
              1. Loire
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                We will have to agree to disagree. Exposure is everything. Maybe fifty thousand Danes see this, look up what's going on and are now informed. Maybe they put pressure on their politicians, and...

                We will have to agree to disagree. Exposure is everything. Maybe fifty thousand Danes see this, look up what's going on and are now informed. Maybe they put pressure on their politicians, and those politicians feel more confident risking Chinese blow back for making a stand. Now Denmark is a voice on the international stage and in the EU condemning the CCP. Perhaps this emboldens other, more powerful nations to risk taking a stand. Perhaps this leads to sanctions and condemnation.

                Or maybe it doesn't.

                But you know what certainly doesn't change anything? Doing nothing.

                5 votes