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Global Times warns Hong Kong could become the next ‘Ukraine or Thailand’

State mouthpiece known for bellicose editorials condemns sit-in protest in Central on Wednesday morning, says city must stay strong in face of upheaval

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 July, 2014, 2:25pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 9:14am

The state-run newspaper Global Times has warned its readers that Hong Kong faces becoming the next Ukraine or Thailand if it embraces a period of “political upheaval”.

The nationalist newspaper was responding to a sit-in demonstration in Central on Wednesday morning, ahead of an expected large-scale occupation in the near future.

In an editorial on Thursday, the newspaper condemned the hundreds of participants in the overnight sit-in on Chater Road, saying they posed a threat to Hong Kong’s rule of law.

"Without the rule of law, Hong Kong could sink into the likes of Ukraine or Thailand and all kinds of dangerous phenomena could happen," it said.

“The radical opposition organisers had admitted that their action would be unlawful. But they still went ahead,” the state mouthpiece said, apparently making reference to non-violent civil disobedience, a protest tactic that is more than a century old.

“After [their arrest], some of the troublemakers even unreasonably pointed their fingers at the police for ‘using force’,” it continued, without offering further details.

Protesters including a district councillor accused the police of using excessive force, and police have admitted twisting demonstrators’ wrists, elbows and necks in order to incapacitate them.

The sit-in came after as many as 510,000 took to the streets to demand genuine democracy and express their anger at Beijing’s declaration of its authority over Hong Kong in a white paper.

The editorial said the sit-in was a rehearsal for the Occupy Central protest, and warned that Hong Kong might embrace a time of political upheaval.

If that happened, it said, it would be crucial for the Hong Kong government to maintain the city’s “strength and efficiency in its law”.

“Without the rule of law, Hong Kong could sink into the likes of Ukraine or Thailand and all kinds of dangerous phenomena could happen,” it said.

Occupy plans to blockade Central streets if the government fails to deliver a plan for the 2017 chief executive election that guarantees a genuine choice between candidates for voters.  

The overseas edition of another state-run newspaper, People’s Daily, also denounced two Hong Kong student groups’ who organised the Chater Road sit-in.

It said the groups were using illegal means to pressure the Hong Kong government into accepting the idea of public nomination.

Public nomination – allowing registered voters to nominate candidates for an election – does “not fulfil the Basic Law requirements”, the state mouthpiece said.



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Dai Muff
Global Times is barking mad at the best of times.
Thank goodness we have stability/consistency in the message from the propaganda/repression department. Imagine what these people could do if they were doing something useful like developing products or doing QA/QC to make their products better rather than obsessing about HK. Makes you wonder why the masters are so afraid of a private poll or a demonstration that they argue is meaningless. Hmmm, I wonder.
Global Times editors truly are the f*ckwits of China if that's what they really think. Sad.
Don't read GT for fair reporting, but as a gauge of where the propaganda machine stands, and how the narrative changes over time. It's useful info in that sense.
Concerned netizen warns the Global Times could become the next The Onion or The Spoof.
Global Times issued a correction:
"Without the rule of law, Hong Kong could sink into the likes of China, where the law is misused by police and CCP protected clique in a mass scale. The radical CCP members had admitted that their actions are unlawful. But they still go ahead, After [their arrest], some of the troublemakers [the citizens] even unreasonably pointed their fingers at the (secret) police for ‘using force’"
SCMP please do not waste your resources quoting comments from this source, you are lowering your status as a free world media.
Would the intelligent SCMP editorial stop quoting "Global TImes"? Nothing they said so far makes any sense to anyone in Hong Kong.
Even if it wasn't a rabid propaganda tool, nobody with half a brain would take a newspaper with the name 'Global Times' seriously.

SCMP, could you perhaps produce something more intelligent and more newsworthy than this meta-journalism?
Ukraine is not a good comparison for them. Russia invaded Crimea, and supposedly most people in Crimea voted to be part of Russia. China didn't exactly condemn the action there or Eastern Ukraine, which were violations of Ukrainian sovereignty.



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