Daily Distraction: Cedar Point's connection to the anti-democracy movement in Hong Kong

A recent article in The Atlantic uncovered a strange local tie

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Cedar Point

An article published on Oct. 20 in The Atlantic on the internal efforts within Hong Kong to bludgeon the region's prodemocracy movement turned up an unexpected local connection: Cedar Point (aka "America's roller coast"), an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

According to reporter Timothy McLaughlin, Holden Chow, a pro-Beijing lawmaker, came to the realization that Hong Kong needed to bolster its Chinese nationalism while working a short stint at the park. 

McLaughlin writes: 

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was played every morning [at Cedar Point] and the American flag was raised. It was different from Hong Kong, Chow said, where people “don’t know you should respect the national anthem and national flag.”

Chow has since taken this "lesson" to new extremes, most recently voting in favor of a law that makes it illegal to demean the Chinese flag online, with violators facing up to three years in prison.

Read the entire article here.