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China’s government news agency Xinhua referred to the peaceful, pro-democratic Hong Kong protest movement as “mobsters” that have “created an atmosphere of terror” in the city on Monday.
Xinhua joined other state propaganda arms like the official newspaper of the Communist Party, the People’s Daily, and the state-run Global Times publication in calling the protest movement “terrorism” and defending Hong Kong police from accusations, corroborated by many videos circulating on social media, of disproportionate violence against protesters.
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In calling the pro-democracy protesters “mobsters,” Xinhua did not address the role that actual members of organized crime have played in suppressing the movement. On at least two separate occasions, masked assailants carrying metal rods and bamboo sticks severely beat crowds of unarmed protesters; police later confirmed that among the mob were members of the Hong Kong syndicates known as triads.
“With petrol bombs, brick-firing slingshots, bows, and even airguns, black-clad mobsters have created an atmosphere of terror on the Hong Kong streets,” Xinhua alleged on Monday. “Endless and ever-escalating violence has stained the reputation of Hong Kong, long acclaimed for its safety, social order, and rule of law.”
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Xinhua did not offer evidence for the outrageous claim that protesters were using bows to shoot arrows at police. Most footage of the protests circulating on social media this weekend shows unarmed young people dressed in black facing a barrage of tear gas, bean bag projectiles, and other crowd dispersal techniques at close range. One video showed police cornering protesters in an underground mass transit station and shooting them with tear gas once the crowd had nowhere to run from it.
Xinhua claimed the protesters’ persistent marching for their demands was “a flagrant trampling on the rule of law” and that the protests are “posing a grave danger to public safety and challenging Hong Kong’s prosperity.”
Repeating the regular accusations...
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