November 2, 2019
Xinhua strongly condemns vandalizing of its Hong Kong office by rioters pic.twitter.com/Fl5eNYVSSD
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) November 2, 2019
Bad optics, guys.
Radical protesters in Hong Kong have ransacked the office of the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, ramping up their months-long campaign of violent disobedience against Beijing.
The office in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district was attacked amid the latest demonstration against the central Chinese government. Images from the scene showed smashed windows in the lobby, a graffiti-sprayed interior and a small fire which was quickly doused.
It is believed to be the first time that the office of the agency was targeted by the radicals since the mass protests started in June over a now-scrapped extradition bill. The news outlet later condemned the vandalizing of its premises, and published a video showing the damage that was done.
The vandals usually attack businesses that they see as tied with Beijing, as well as Hong Kong’s public rail transport system. The campaign has already disrupted business in the autonomous Chinese city, plunging it into a recession.
The protests, which marked the 22nd straight weekend of unrest, were again marred by clashes between the masked demonstrators and police, who eventually used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.
I think it’s now obvious to everyone that the CIA plan is to goad China into violence, at which point the sickening shills can start their human rights moaning on ultra-level.
I have supported China dealing violently with the protesters. At the same time, I see why they don’t want to play into the enemy’s hands.
But at some point, you can’t just let this keep going. It looks too bad, makes China look weak. They need to start with the crackdown.