‘Western ideologues’ to blame for Hong Kong unrest: Chinese state media

The Union Jack has featured in some anti-government protests. (Reuters)
Updated 04 July 2019

‘Western ideologues’ to blame for Hong Kong unrest: Chinese state media

  • ‘... their actions have caused misery and chaos in country after country in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia’
  • Hong Kong police have arrested more than two dozen people in connection with the protests

SHANGHAI/HONGKONG: Chinese state media blamed meddling by Western governments on Thursday for unrest in Hong Kong amid an escalating diplomatic spat between China and the United Kingdom over protests in the former British colony.

“Ideologues in Western governments never cease in their efforts to engineer unrest against governments that are not to their liking, even though their actions have caused misery and chaos in country after country in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia,” the official China Daily said in an editorial.

“Now they are trying the same trick in China,” the English-language newspaper said.

Hundreds of protesters besieged and broke into the Hong Kong legislature on Monday after a demonstration marking the anniversary of the return to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that includes freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest.

That followed weeks of protests against a now-suspended extradition bill that opponents say would undermine Hong Kong’s much-cherished rule of law and give Beijing powers to prosecute activists in mainland courts, which are controlled by the Communist Party.

Hong Kong police have arrested more than two dozen people in connection with the protests. Investigators and forensics teams have been combing through evidence in the legislature and more arrests are expected.

Widespread damage inside the Legislative Council building, where protesters smashed furniture and daubed graffiti over chamber walls, forced the government to close it for two weeks.

The Legislative Council Commission is due to hold a closed-door special meeting at an undisclosed venue later on Thursday.

The China Daily accused Western forces of instigating unrest against Hong Kong’s government “as a means to put pressure on the central government.”

“The violent behavior that these Western agitators are emboldening tramples on the rule of law in Hong Kong and undermines its social order,” it said.

An editorial in the widely read tabloid The Global Times, published by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily, criticized comments by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and said “the UK’s diplomacy toward China will pay for his behavior.”

Hunt warned on Tuesday of consequences if China did not abide by the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 on the terms of the return of Hong Kong.

His comments were met by a sharp rebuke from China’s ambassador to the UK, who told Britain on Wednesday to keep its hands off Hong Kong.


Senior Daesh commander arrested in Ukraine

Updated 15 November 2019

Senior Daesh commander arrested in Ukraine

  • The Georgian national, known as Al-Bara Shishani, was previously deputy to top Daesh commander Omar Al-Shishani ("Omar the Chechen")
  • Al-Bara Shishani left Syria in 2016 for Turkey, where he "continued to coordinate" Daesh activities, the SBU said

KIEV: A senior leader of Daesh has been arrested in Ukraine after an operation conducted with the help of Georgian police and the CIA, the Ukrainian security services said Friday.
The Georgian national, known as Al-Bara Shishani, was previously deputy to top Daesh commander Omar Al-Shishani ("Omar the Chechen"), Ukraine's SBU security services said in a statement.
Omar Al-Shishani was the nom de guerre of a Georgian Chechen extremist who was killed in a US-coalition led strike in Syria in 2016.
Al-Bara Shishani left Syria in 2016 for Turkey, where he "continued to coordinate" Daesh activities, the SBU said.
He arrived illegally in Ukraine last year, using a false passport, and was arrested near his house in a Kiev suburb.
According to Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, Al Bara Shishani was not however a high-ranking Daesh figure but "a simple fighter".
The Georgian security service gave his real name as Cezar Tokhosashvili and said he was wanted as "a member of a terrorist organisation".