Chinese propagandists quickly jumped on the Minneapolis riots to score political points against the United States, comparing the riots to the Hong Kong demonstrations and acting as if China has a lighter touch when dealing with civil discontent than President Donald Trump due to the fact that Trump said in a tweet that “when the looting begins, the shooting starts.”
The editor of the state-run Global Times, Hu Xijin, rapidly got on President Trump’s tweet:
Just 3 days after discontent broke out in Minnesota, Trump threatened the usage of “shooting” and announced the army supports the guv. I highly condemn such dangers. Please safeguard individuals of Minnesota, similar to you sympathize with Hong Kong hooligans. pic.twitter.com/iemDDFTGMP
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) May 29, 2020
He was similarly fast to compare the Hong Kong demonstrations to the Minneapolis riots and recommend critics of the national security law Beijing is preparing to enforce on the island, ending its two-and-a-half years of minimal autonomy, are hypocrites:
Isn’t the demonstration in Hong Kong this evening much more violent than the protest in Minnesota? Should Not the Hong Kong authorities stop such violent demonstrations? Does Not Hong Kong, being screwed up like this, require a national security law? pic.twitter.com/ec9PmdjWOt
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) May 27, 2020
Hu published these messages on Twitter despite the reality that it is unlawful for Chinese residents within the nation to use the American platform. Twitter did not truth check Hu’s claim that Hong Kong’s mostly serene pro-democracy movement is “far more violent” than the riots in Minnesota.
Hu expounded on this idea at length in a Friday editorial at the Global Times:
Hong Kong’s rioters and cops ought to thoroughly enjoy how the “democratic United States” offers with the turmoil in Minnesota.
After the terrible death of African-American George Floyd following violent authorities treatment, angered protesters in Minneapolis hurried to the city’s cops structure, where a fire later on broke out. US President Donald Trump then began to worry. He sent a tweet early Friday morning (US time), saying, “I can’t stand back & watch this take place.” He instructed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to “get his act together and bring the city under control,” stating the option was that he would send in the National Guard and “finish the job right.”
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday condemned the killings of numerous unarmed African Americans at the hands of the police over the years. She stated that US authorities need to take serious action to stop such killings and to make sure that justice is done when they do take place.
Hu folded this into the Chinese Communist Celebration’s (CCP) boilerplate effort to declare its handling of the Wuhan coronavirus was allegedly remarkable to the United States, a narrative sustained by the CCP’s limitless lies about the number of coronavirus cases it had and continues to have.
” In the U.S., more than 100,000 people have passed away from COVID-19, the majority of them weak, senior, poor and minorities. The death of George Floyd, from another viewpoint, exposes the desperate inequality widespread in the U.S.,” he wrote.
Left unmentioned by the Chinese propagandist was that one of the major differences between Minneapolis and Hong Kong is that homeowners of the previous are legally allowed to protest, and they get to vote for leaders whose power is restrained by constitutional law. The people of Hong Kong are the hostages of a brutal tyranny that started breaking away at the legal and democratic security bestowed to them under British colonial guideline as quickly as the ink was dry on the transfer of ownership documents.
It matters a good deal that in Hong Kong, the Chinese government is the biggest risk to the residents, and they rose up since every avenue for quietly defending their rights within the system was foreclosed.