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A new report alleges that the Chinese government has set its formidable propaganda machine in motion against Hong Kong protesters, issuing false reports riddled with ideology in an attempt to deflect attention from the reasons behind the demonstrations.
Saturday’s report, which comes from AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, said that mainland China has sent undercover police and secret service agents posing as tourists to infiltrate protesters.
Protests - Earnest - June - Concerns - Law
Protests began in earnest in June as concerns grew that under a proposed law both Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals could be extradited to mainland China for prosecution, undermining Hong Kong’s rule of law.
Chinese authorities have dubbed Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests as “riots” and have tried to suggest that terrorist elements may be at work in the demonstrations. As the clashes between demonstrators and police increase, police have grown increasingly brutal in their tactics and the presence of Chinese troops in Shenzhen — just a few miles from Hong Kong — has raised fears of a military intervention.
Beijing - Mail - Services - Helmets - Umbrellas
Beijing has prohibited mail services from shipping helmets, umbrellas, masks, and gloves to Hong Kong, since these constitute the gear used by demonstrators to protect themselves from tear gas and police bullets.
Reports in official Chinese media focus on the violence of the protests, while ignoring the reasons and causes behind them, AsiaNews notes. Adducing no evidence, authorities have suggested that...
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