I posted a few days ago about the tendency of right wing blogs to accuse lefties of hypocrisy because of selective protesting. In that article I quoted Bob Brown saying he was intending to protest against Hu (in the end, of course, he was barred from parliament). That hasnt stopped Steve Edwards, Alan Anderson and probably others having a go at the Left for the lack of protests against Hu. If you protest against the leader of a democratic nation allied with Australia, but not against human rights violations by some corrupt regime in Sierra Leone, you must be a hypocrite. It makes perfect sense!

As was made clear in the comments thread in my original post, if the Left had engaged in widespread protests against Hu, it would have been regarded as useless or counterproductive by the Right.

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