- China hits again at US, phrases US Capitol violence as “stunning sight”
- International Instances tweeted images evaluating Hong Kong stir and Capitol riots
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China’s web erupted in mirth at America’s troubled democracy after supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol, with Beijing criticising the “sharp distinction” between Washington’s response to the chaos and the 2019 Hong Kong anti-government protests.
On Thursday morning, state media tabloid International Instances tweeted side-by-side photograph comparisons of Hong Kong protesters occupying the town’s Legislative Council Advanced in July 2019 with Wednesday’s Washington riots.
The latter noticed hardcore Trump followers invade the US Capitol to protest the election defeat, taking selfies, struggling with safety and ransacking components of the constructing.
“@SpeakerPelosi as soon as referred to the Hong Kong riots as ‘a fantastic sight to behold’,” the International Instances stated within the tweet, referring to Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi’s June 2019 remark about Hong Kong’s mass pro-democracy demonstrations, which at the moment had been principally peaceable.
“It stays but to be seen whether or not she’s going to say the identical concerning the current developments in Capitol Hill.”
China’s Communist Youth League additionally described the unrest as a “stunning sight” on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.
Beijing’s overseas ministry echoed these sentiments, saying “the response of some folks within the US, together with that of some media retailers, is totally totally different.”
Talking at a press briefing Thursday, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated that the “sharp distinction (in reactions) makes one ponder, and deserves severe and profound reflection.”
The hashtag “Trump supporters storm US Capitol” pinballed throughout China’s Weibo on Thursday, racking up 570 million views, as customers in contrast the worldwide assist for Hong Kong’s protesters with the outpouring of condemnation for the pro-Trump mob.
“At current, all European nations’ leaders have proven double requirements and condemned it (Washington rioting),” learn one Weibo remark which gained over 5,000 likes.
“I do not know what sort of double-standard stories will probably be carried by Hong Kong or Taiwan media this time.”
“What occurred within the Hong Kong Legislative Council final yr is being repeated within the US Capitol,” wrote one other person in a remark with over 4,500 likes.
Whereas the techniques had been comparable, there are stark variations within the causes and motivations of the 2 legislative stormings.
Hong Kong protesters broke into the Legislative Council to demand full democracy and halt an unpopular invoice that was being pushed by means of by the town’s unelected management.
Residents of the semi-autonomous Chinese language metropolis don’t get pleasure from full democratic rights, the reason for years of common protests.
Beijing responded to the 2019 unrest with a crackdown, imposing a harsh safety regulation on the stressed metropolis, arresting scores of critics and smothering dissent.
In distinction, these storming the US Capitol had been making an attempt to overturn the outcomes of what has been declared a free and honest presidential election.
US President-elect Joe Biden has accused the US rioters of undermining democracy by making an attempt to overturn his victory in November’s election.
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