Protesters in Hong Kong have come out and swung at Jackie Chan after the martial arts legend and actor called the recent events there "sad and depressing."
Chan, born in Hong Kong, broke his silence on pro-democracy demonstrations and said he hoped the semi-autonomous territory "could soon return to peace," the UK Express reported.
"Hong Kong and China are my birthplace and my home. China is my country, I love my country, I love my home," said the 65-year-old star in an interview with Chinese CGTN TV.
"When I Watched Weibo That CCTV Showed" The Five Star Red Flag Has 1.4 Billion Flag Guards. I came here immediately, "he said, referring to a Chinese social media app.
" On the other hand, I wanted to express the most basic principles of patriotism as a Hong Kong citizen and a Chinese. I'm a national flag guard, "he said.
" In addition, I wanted to go to this event to represent everyone's voice, "he added." I also deeply feel that security, stability and peace are just like fresh air, you know never how precious it is until you lose it. "
Chan's comments pulled back on social media, where he was slammed by pro-democracy advocates as" shameless "and told that" Hong Kong hates you. "
Chan , which has openly supported Beijing, triggered a similar scream when he called Hong Kong a "city of protest" during a 201
"The authorities should determine what issues people can protest against and about "It's not allowed," he said at the time.
The protests in Hong Kong were provoked by opposition to a plan to allow extractions to China, but have since grown into a broader call for democratic rights in the former British colony.