Beijing likens US violence to Hong Kong democracy stir

BEIJING, January 7

China drew a comparison on Thursday between the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, but noted that no one had died when demonstrators took over the legislature of the China-ruled city.

Clips of the chaotic scenes from Washington aired repeatedly on Chinese state television.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said while events in Hong Kong in 2019, when the city’s legislature was stormed, were more “severe” than those in Washington, “not one demonstrator died”.

Relations between Beijing and Washington are at their worst in decades over a range of disputes, including China’s heavy clampdown on Hong Kong, and Chinese diplomats and state media often draw attention to news of violence or chaos in the United States.

“We also wish that US people can enjoy peace, stability and security as soon as possible,” Hua said. — Reuters

‘US will pay price for interference’

Beijing: China said on Thursday that the United States would pay a “heavy price” for its wrongdoing, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it may sanction those involved in Hong Kong arrests and that the US’ UN ambassador would visit Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, speaking to reporters, urged the United States to immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. Reuters

Hongkongers condemn riots

Hong Kong: Hong Kong residents from across the political spectrum condemned mob violence at the US Capitol, 18 months after protesters stormed their own legislature to demand greater democracy, not the overthrow of election results. Pro-democracy activists said America’s reputation and democracy were damaged by Wednesday’s violence.The storming of the US Capitol came one day after Hong Kong authorities arrested 53 pro-democracy activists, accusing them of subversion over allegations they sought to elect lawmakers who would hamstring the Legislative Council’s work and force the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. AP

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