Local meathead, Stirling Flatley-Cooper (33) says he’s never partied as hard as he did at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s.

“Haha. For like four days man. Non-stop”

In fact, the Betoota Grove-based stockbroker says the recent images of Hong Kong police clashing with protestors in Central has reminded him he needs to get cracking on organising his bucks party.

“oi we are going next year for sure” he posts in a WhatsApp group made up of former high school mates from Betoota’s elite Whooton Boys College

The current Hong Kong protests have seen thousands of residents revolt against a legislative proposal that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China reflects growing apprehension about relations with the Communist Party-ruled mainland.

However, Stirling appears to have missed the context of these historic civilian protests – and actually thinks it’s some sort of white collar sports exhibition.

“Haha look at all the smoke machines. Those blokes dressed as cops look real as”

Opponents of the proposed extradition amendments say the changes would significantly compromise the territory’s legal independence, long viewed as one of the key differences between Hong Kong and mainland China.Critics believe the legislation would put Hong Kong residents at risk of being entrapped in China’s murky judicial system, in which political opponents have been charged with economic crimes or ill-defined national security transgressions.

With one in seven of the Hong Kong population believed to be involved in these protests – the eventual outcome is something Australia is keeping a close eye on, as China continues its monumental shift towards replacing America as the world’s biggest economic world power.

Stirling, though, thinks it looks fucken sick.

“Haha. They’ve really ramped it up a bit from last time I went” he says.


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