Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China is paying Twitter to publish propaganda against Hong Kong protesters

China is paying Twitter to publish propaganda against Hong Kong protesters

A weekend of mass rallies culminated in incredible sights on Sunday in Hong Kong, where scores of protesters overwhelmed the streets in defiance of a police order, to march peacefully under torrential rains.

"This was widely seen as a stern warning to the violent elements in Hong Kong", it said, adding that a backlash from Hong Kong residents over last week's airport occupations was another factor.

What began as opposition to an extradition bill that would allow the Chinese regime to transfer individuals to face trial in mainland China has since expanded to include broader demands for police accountability and open democratic elections.

Aside from Lam's resignation, demonstrators have five demands - complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, a halt to descriptions of the protests as "rioting", a waiver of charges against those arrested, an independent inquiry and resumption of political reform.

"Interestingly, that they can not do this protest in China, and we are here to show them how free we are", he said.

Chen said he was borrowing money from friends and family to come up with the NT$6 million ($190,000) Hong Kong citizens need in order to apply for residency through a Taiwanese government investment scheme. It's generally regarded as the most important economic metropolis in the People's Republic.

Last week China's paramilitary forces carried out exercises outside of a major sports stadium in Shenzhen, sparking speculation that they may be used in Hong Kong. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday on whether it had detected inauthentic content related to protests in Hong Kong.

Wong said the Hong Kong government has turned down almost one-third of applications for public gatherings in the past two months, compared with less than one percent of applications in recent years.

His opinion was that the whole protest was pointless - and it's a view the majority of mainland Chinese people probably share.

A protester who would only give his first name as Phillip told ABC News that he joined the demonstration because Hong Kong government leaders "do not listen to the people".

Twitter declined to provide a list of what it considers state-backed media organisations, but a representative said it may consider doing so in the future. They called the violence while Hongkongers were exercising their basic rights "unacceptable". From there, demonstrators made there way to Hong Kong's Central district, despite not having an approved permit to do so.

"[If such a situation was repeated in Hong Kong], I think there'd be ... a tremendous political sentiment not to do something", Trump said, referring to the trade negotiations with China.

"We don't see any light at the end of the tunnel", she says.

"If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem".

"Nobody pay me or anything, it's just that I feel that it's my responsibility because I think this is not just a China issue, it's a actually world issue", he says "I think North America is trying to drum up anti-China sentiment and that's very unsafe".

The turmoil has left the Beijing and Hong Kong governments "more determined than ever" to make changes, particularly regarding the lack of opportunity for young people, he said.

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