‘The dark shadow of the Stars and Stripes’: Beijing blasts Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong as a pro-independence advocate backed by the USA
Video by Supreme People’s Procuratorate attacks ‘agents of Western forces’ and warns of ‘dark shadow of the Stars and Stripes’
A video released by China’s highest prosecution agency has branded Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy youngster, Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a pro-independence advocate backed by the US, which it said wanted to turn China into another Syria.
The video, posted on August 1 by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on its official weibo account, starts with a series of apocalyptic images of refugees from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia starving, dying or being treated cruelly. This is followed by shots of a harmonious China.
“The shadow of internal and external troubles has not dispersed from the Chinese sky,” the text reads. “Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan independence, as well as dissident leaders, lawyers who would fight until death and other agents of the Western forces are damaging China’s internal stability and harmony by hook or by crook. Behind all these incidents, we can often catch a glimpse of the dark shadow of the Stars and Stripes.”
Wong’s image appears twice – a photo of him on hunger strike ahead of the pro-democratic civil-disobedience Occupy movement in 2014, and in a newspaper clip from the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po highlighting his “American background”.
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“I felt very frustrated after watching the video, because I’ve been smeared for a long time in the past,” Wong said. “But it’s very rare to see information released by communist officials on the mainland.”
Wong posted a response on his Facebook page on Tuesday, along with the news that pro-rights activist Zhai Yanmin had been found guilty of subverting state power in Tianjin and given a suspended jail sentence.
“[The sentence] is enough to prove the mainland’s discredited legal system, and [the video] ... is another example that there is no separation between the party and the country,” Wong wrote.
Wong said he did not advocate for Hong Kong independence during his 2014 hunger strike and that he viewed the “false statements” from the “state apparatus” as jokes.
The video also featured members of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement, who occupied the island’s legislature in 2014 in protest at a trade agreement with mainland China, saying they supported independence for Taiwan and were backed by the US.
In a response, one of the leaders of the movement, Lin Fei-fan, said any revolution in Taiwan would not be Beijing’s business because Taiwan was not part of China.