The world was in mourning when Paris was brutally attacked by terrorists on Friday, November 13. The coordinated attacks, consisting of suicide bombings and mass shootings, killed at least 130 people in Stade de France and the Bataclan Theatre. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and French President Francois Hollande vowed to retaliate without mercy.
Many Hong Kong celebrities trended #PrayForParis on their social media accounts and reacted strongly to the incident. On Instagram, Tony Hung (洪永城) posted an image that read “KEEP CALM AND KILL ISIS,” also writing, “To lessen violence, one must use more violence.”
The ISIS attacks on Paris was personally alarming for Tony, who has been to the Middle East for his travelogue documentary, 2012’s Pilgrimage of Hope <走過烽火大地>. While Tony was taking the public transit in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, Lebanese soldiers demanded Tony to get off the car, pointing their guns at him. A tank was also nearby with its large tank gun aimed straight at Tony. He said he was so scared that his legs were visibly shaking, and that his mind went absolutely blank.
While some netizens supported Tony’s words on Instagram, praising that Tony “has guts”, some netizens left comments saying that violence cannot solve problems, and that one should advocate for world peace.
Anthony Wong (黃秋生) also shared his reaction on Facebook, writing, “These aren’t terrorists. These are crazy people. They are murderers.” However, Anthony disagreed with Tony’s comment about using violence against violence, expressing that these organizations should be stopped, not killed, so bloodshed can be avoided.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.