HONG KONG (AFP) – Waxworks of Chinese Communist Party luminaries including Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping have become unlikely poster-boys for Hong Kong’s democracy movement, after a visitor to Madame Tussauds pinned symbolic yellow ribbons to their jackets.
Photos circulating on social media show a smiling replica of Xi sporting a yellow ribbon on his lapel late Wednesday at Hong Kong’s branch of the popular wax museum.
A waxy Mao Zedong, the founding father of communist China, and reformist former leader Deng Xiaoping were also snapped happily wearing the ribbons attached to their grey communist-era “Mao suits”.
The yellow ribbon has become a symbol of the pro-democracy street protests that have paralysed parts of Hong Kong for more than a month, with many supporters using it as their profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.
Madame Tussauds said it encouraged visitors to interact with its celebrity mannequins, but stressed it did not take a political stance on the ongoing protests.