College students clash over ‘Lennon Wall’ for Hong Kong protests


CAL. >>Reporter: HI, A WALL HAS BEEN CREATED AT UC BERKELEY FOR STUDENTS TO PUT NOTES OF SUPPORT FOR THE PROTESTS BUT TURNING INTO A MICROCOSM OF THE CLASHES WE’RE SEEING OVERSEAS AS SOME STUDENTS PUT NOTES UP, OTHERS ARE QUICKLY TEARING THEM DOWN. THE IMAGES ARE STUNNING. THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OVERCOME BY THOUSANDS OF PRO DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATORS AND RIOT POLICE WHICH FORCED FLIGHTS CANCEL FORD A SECOND STRAIGHT DAY. AT SFO, FLIGHTS TO HONG KONG TILL ON SCHEDULE BUT THE UNREST MADE ITS WAY TO THE BAY AREA. ON THE BERKELEY CAMPUS, SOME STUDENTS SET UP A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN WRITE NOTES OF SOLIDARITY TO THE HONG KONG PROTESTS ARE WHO FEEL THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS ENCROACHING ON THEIR AUTONOMY. >>WE CAN’T GET BACK HOME. >>Reporter: MANY STUDENTS FROM MAINLAND CHINA WANT IT TAKEN DOWN. WE SAW ONE DOING THAT. OTHERS POSTED ALTERNATIVE MESSAGES.>>WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO WRITE?>>THE ONLY THING I WANT TO WRITE IS I LOVE CHINA. >>Reporter: >>WE SUPPORT OUR HOMELAND. WE SUPPORT CHINA. >>Reporter: THIS BERKELEY STUDENT WHO IS FROM HONG KONG KOLS BY EVERY DAY TO PUT THE NOTES BACK UP AND WEARS A MASK AND ASKED TO BE ANONYMOUS OUT OF FEAR OF RETRIBUTION FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. >>>THE REASON WHY I’M HERE IS TO LET THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD KNOW FOR PEOPLE WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HONG KONG AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT IS THE CASE OF THE POLICE BRUTALITY HAPPENING IN HONG KONG. >>BUT SHE WAS QUICKLY CONFRONTED BY STUDENTS WHO DISAGREED. >>HONG KONG IS A PART OF CHINA. IT’S ABSOLUTELY TRUE. AND THESE PEOPLE THEY USE VIOLENCE TO FIGHT THE HONG KONG POLICE. >>THIS STUDENT BELIEVES IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND. >>PEOPLE ARE ANGRY AND EAGER TO KEEP GOING. IT’S LIKE THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T CARE WHAT OUR DEMANDS ARE AND CLOSING THEIR EARS.>>Reporter: AND THE NOTES THAT THAT STUDENT HAD POSTED ALREADY HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN HERE BY STUDENTS. NOW, THE JOHN LENNON WALL IS PART OF A LARGER MOVEMENT. IT’S INSPIRED BY A WALL IN PRAGUE WHERE PEOPLE HAVE POSTED BEATLES LYRICS AND ALSO CAUSES NOTES ABOUT CAUSE ABC GLOBAL CAUSES PEOPLE CARE ABOUT. HONG KONG HAS SEVERAL OF THESE SO-CALLED JOHN LENNON WALLS THERE AND PEOPLE

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