The storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6 shocked the world and drew condemnation from politicians throughout the globe. In China, many watching the occasions in Washington D.C. instantly made comparisons to the violent occupation of Hong Kong’s legislature in mid-2019.
Protests in Hong Kong, a particular administrative area of China, started in June 2019 as a sequence of large-scale, peaceable demonstrations in opposition to an extradition invoice that critics feared could be utilized by China as a weapon to silence dissenters. However the pro-democracy rallies shortly snowballed into an more and more violent and damaging anti-government revolt.
In June 2019, Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi described the Hong Kong demonstrations as “a wonderful sight to behold.” Ten days later, on July 1, 2019—the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese language sovereignty—a crowd lots of, if not 1000’s, robust broke into and ransacked the previous British colony’s legislative complicated. They painted obscenities on the chamber partitions, trashed workplaces and smashed fittings, inflicting almost $6.5 million value of harm.
Their actions drew scant condemnation from Western politicians. Whereas stating that “No violence is suitable,” then U.Ok. international secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted that Britain’s help for “Hong Kong and its freedoms” was “UNWAVERING on this anniversary day.”
In an article revealed Thursday on its house web page, China’s state-backed International Occasions newspaper stated: “Chinese language net customers nonetheless keep in mind the misery and anger they felt after they noticed rioters in Hong Kong storming the Legislative Council Complicated, scrawling graffiti, smashing and robbing gadgets, and, as a substitute of condemning the violence, U.S. politicians hailed the ‘braveness’ of those mobs.”
Supporters of the Hong Kong protests have cautioned in opposition to the making of a “false equivalency” between the Capitol siege and the ransacking of Hong Kong’s legislature. However the International Occasions posted a side-by-side comparability of scenes of the Hong Kong protests and Trump protesters contained in the Capitol constructing. “It stays but to be seen whether or not [Pelosi] will say the identical about current developments in Capitol Hill,” the paper tweeted.
Mocking Pelosi’s feedback, the Communist Youth League of China additionally posted pictures on social media from Capitol Hill.
Ann Chiang, a pro-Beijing lawmaker in Hong Kong posted a video of the turmoil in Washington D.C. on her Fb web page. “American lawmakers can lastly expertise this democratic violence, and get a style of what it’s like for the legislature to be occupied,” she wrote, in accordance with a translation by native information web site Hong Kong Free Press.
Chinese language international ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in the meantime criticized the contrasting rhetoric used to explain occasions in Hong Kong and within the U.S.
“Now the U.S. mainstream media had unanimously criticized violent Trump followers in [Washington], saying it’s a violent occasion and people protesters are mobs, extremists … However what description did they use on the Hong Kong protest? ‘Lovely sight’.”
Chinese language state-run media additionally employed Pelosi’s phrases to criticize the U.S. authorities when protests swept the U.S. within the wake of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, Minn. “Be careful! ‘Lovely sight’ in HK is spreading throughout the US,” one International Occasions headline learn.
The U.S. authorities has handed a number of items of laws supporting the protest motion in Hong Kong, and town has turn into a political flashpoint between China and the U.S.