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The lead actress in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Mulan expressed support for police repressing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, prompting calls to boycott the film.
"I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now," actress Liu Yifei posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform. "What a shame for Hong Kong."
Yifei - Propaganda - Post - Protesters - IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice
Yifei also included a Chinese propaganda post against the protesters and used the hashtag #IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice along with a heart and strong arm emoji.
The hashtag #BoycottMulan is trending in response to the comments, CBS News reports.
Week - Pro-democracy - Protesters - Hong - Kong
Earlier this week, pro-democracy protesters shut down Hong Kong's airport, the latest episode in a protest movement that began in June against a proposed extradition law. The law would permit some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Despite the bill being suspended, protesters have continued to call for reforms.
Videos have shown police firing tear gas and beanbag rounds against protesters at close range, possibly in violation of international law. Video has also emerged of Hong Kong protesters waving American flags and singing America's national anthem.
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