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Riots! Dark forces! Terrorism! American gangsters!
Allegations - Smears - Dictators - Opponents - Shift
The allegations are propaganda smears threatened dictators routinely employ to tar opponents and shift blame.
Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and communist China frequently slandered the U.S. as a gangster state. The Nazis and communists used 1930s Hollywood gangster flicks as visual evidence.
China - Propagandists - Accusations - Warfare - Tropes
In 2019, communist China's propagandists are using these bogus accusations as narrative warfare tropes to discredit Hong Kong's relentless pro-democracy demonstrations and -- potentially -- as reasons to suppress them militarily. Even gangsters. A pro-Beijing newspaper has claimed an American "black hand" is behind the protests, a term with terrorist and Mafia connotations.
Narrative warfare operations differ from legitimate information dissemination. They employ "weaponized narratives" spun from outright lies, false quotes, threats, blame shifting, etc. Destroying adversaries is the goal.
Demonstrations - Beijing - Attempt - Hong - Kong
The demonstrations oppose Beijing's attempt to limit the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's (HKSAR) autonomy and free political system as promised by the Sino-British Declaration of 1984. It guaranteed a distinct system of rule until 2047. The demonstrations began in earnest on June 9. One demonstration had 1.7 million participants, out of a population of 7.5 million.
The protestors argue Beijing wants to slowly "mainlandize" the HKSAR. For evidence, they point to attempts in 2003 and 2014 to limit autonomy. They want Beijing to live up to its word, per the declaration.
Crisis - Test - Case - China - Ability
The crisis has become a test case for China's ability to honor a treaty -- to keep its word in common parlance. It occurs as the U.S.-China "trade war" reveals weaknesses in China's vaunted economy.
On June 4, Hong Kong held a march commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre's 30th anniversary. Hong Kong remains open to all forms of media and information exchange. Protestors argue Tiananmen Square's historical fact proves totalitarian tyranny threatens their freedom. It's an embarrassing argument Beijing has not countered...
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