Date
17 August 2017
Jimmy Lai is seen in the background in the TIME cover photo, and using a towel on his face (main picture). Photo: TIME, Apple Daily
Jimmy Lai is seen in the background in the TIME cover photo, and using a towel on his face (main picture). Photo: TIME, Apple Daily

Jimmy Lai seen in TIME’s tear gas-shrouded cover photo

Jimmy Lai, the founder of Next Media Ltd. (00282.HK), is on the cover of the latest Asian edition of TIME magazine.

Its cover photo for the story, “The Umbrella Revolution”, shows a man holding an umbrella shrouded in tear gas.

At the back of the man is another man in a white shirt, covering his face with a towel.

Apple Daily on Friday said the white-shirt man is Lai and the cover photo could be a combination of two separate pictures. The paper compared the photo with another picture of Lai using a towel on his face that was taken on September 28, the day police fired tear gas at protesters. 

“Lai has always been criticized for making friends with foreign powers, so will he be similarly accused this time after he is put on the cover of the magazine?” Apple Daily asked.

The TIME story said that “the choice of an umbrella to symbolize Hong Kong’s dissent is as fitting as it is improbable”. Umbrellas come in a riot of colors which matches the city’s mix of culture and they are also practical and vital, signaling the city as a bridge to enter the Chinese market, it said.

The report also cited supporters of the protest including some parents, teachers and former chief secretary Anson Chan.

“The truth is Hong Kong is more than ready for democracy,” TIME quoted Chan as saying. “It is China that is not ready for a democratically governed Hong Kong it fears it cannot totally control.”

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