August 26, 2010
Chinese netizens are up in arms over online photos of Filipinos posing near the site of a hostage situation that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kong-born Chinese tourists on Aug. 23.
The tourists were killed when an ex-policeman armed with an M16 rifle boarded a public bus and held 25 people hostage in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Critics of the response by the Philippine police said they had some obvious shortcomings in handling the hostage situation. The police team should have ended the bus siege in less than one minute, but actually the crisis took 79 minutes and was satirized by the media as the “longest rescue operation.”
According to Phoenix TV, to everyone’s surprise, local police and residents took pictures smiling in front of the hijacked bus where the bloody siege happened.
Some netizens have showed anger over the photo, saying “It is a loss of humanity when I see the smile on the face of the Philippine police when they take photo.” Other netizens said, “Just leave the hijacked bus there. Maybe it can become a scenic spot symbolizing the Philippines’ humiliation.”
By Zhang Xinyi, People’s Daily Online
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