A Lighter Side: Xi Jinping’s Portrait ‘Protects’ Occupy Central Barricades

October 13, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters got a little unexpected help from China’s head honcho.

After police started to dismantle some roadblocks in the Mong Kok area last Wednesday night, protestors decided to place a picture of CCP General Secretary and China president Xi Jinping on the barricades, according to Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao Daily News.

On top of Xi’s beaming portrait are the words “Great Xi” in bold yellow typeface and red borders, and underneath: “Who is “greater” (in terms of hierarchy), Andy Tsang (current commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force) or Xi Jinping?”

Those who chance upon the portrait praised it for being “the strongest roadblock,” an “excellent tactic,” and suggested that a camera be placed near it to capture any tampering, which can later be used as “evidence of vandalism.”

It is unclear if Xi’s portrait managed to deter the police on Monday morning from dismantling the barricade it was placed on.

Funnily enough, Xi may have stepped in to stop any violent action by the police or pro-Beijing elements, something that Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and director of Hong Kong and Macau affairs, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying are advocating.

Radio France International reports that Xi had angrily rejected Leung’s earlier proposal to violently suppress the Umbrella Revolution.

A couple more Xi portraits won’t go amiss at the pro-democracy protestors’ new bamboo barricades, it seems.