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Epoch Times: CCTV Fabricated a Picture of a Petrol Bomb Burning

On August 13, Epoch Times published an article stating that, according to CCTV reports, on the evening of the 11th, “the mobs threw petrol bombs at the police station on W Tai Nan Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, causing multiple burns to a policeman.” CCTV then provided a picture that was vague and that had extremely low resolution.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the CCP’s Global Times, posted a live video of a petrol bomb detonation. Hu Xijin said, “The mob escalated the violence and threw petrol bombs; a policeman was burned. This video recorded the moment when the petrol bomb exploded.”

An Epoch Times reporter compared the video and the picture, and found the backgrounds in both were highly identical, including buildings, people at the scene, traffic signs, and the flame on the ground. However, the picture provided by CCTV had a humanoid flame that was not in the video at all. The reporter also asked, “Does the city in the video look like Hon Kong, an international finance center, in any way?”

Source:
Epoch Times, August 13, 2019
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/19/8/12/n11449050.htm
Comparison of Petrol Bomb Burning Pictures
The video posted by Hu Xijin

NTDTV: Hong Kong Policemen Were Taped Replacing Uniforms with the Clothing of Protesters

According to NTDTV, during recent protests in Hong Kong, there were groups of gangsters in white or blue clothing attacking the protesters. Also among the protesters, some individuals were shouting and even acted like criminals. It was suspected that Hong Kong policemen or CCP undercover agents played these roles to make the protests seem to be “out of control” or more “chaotic.” Now, the suspicion has some evidence behind it. Some Hong Kong policemen were videotaped while they gathering in or around their police vehicles. They were taped changing out of their uniforms and into white clothing .

On Sunday evening, August 4th, some Hong Kong people took a video and uploaded it to YouTube. The video showed that, in the parking lot of the Ngau Tau Kok District Police Station, a police van marked “AM7113” on the top had the door open. A group of police officers gathered inside and around the police vehicle. On the left side of the van, several police officers took off their uniforms and replaced them with black or white clothing. During this period, several people in black were returning to the other side of the van.  [Editor’s note: At 0:27 two persons in black clothing with white masks walked to the van. One of them entered the van, while another with a cell-phone in his left hand and a flashlight in his right hand walked away. At 2:11, the same man returned to the van again.].

Another video on Twitter was taken at possibly the same location. It displayed at the end of the same police vehicle [AM7113], that several police officers, while at the back side of the vehicle were replacing their white clothing.

In addition to the AM7113 vehicle, there were still many police cars parked on site. The car numbers that could be seen included AM8052, AM8053, and AM8185. According to public information, the license plate numbers of the Hong Kong government vehicles started mostly with AM, while the police car numbers started with AM6, AM7, AM8, AM98 and AM99. AM7113 belongs to the Tseung Kwan O Police Station.

These videos caused a heated discussion on the network. Some netizens suspected that the police mixed into the demonstrators and that their actions gave the police their excuse for arresting demonstrators.

Sources:
1. NTDTV, August 6, 2019
https://www.ntdtv.com/b5/2019/08/06/a102638845.html
2. YouTube, August 4, 2019

3. Twitter, August 4, 2019

Huanqiu Editorial: U.S. Slams Hong Kong Media

An official editorial from a China State media, Huanqiu (Global Times), attempted to rebut a statement that the U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus made on August 8. Ortagus described China as a “thuggish regime” because it disclosed personal details about a U.S. diplomat who met student leaders involved in the Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Earlier, a China-controlled media, the Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao, published a photograph of a U.S. diplomat, identified as Julie Eadeh of the consulate’s political section, talking to student leaders, including Joshua Wong, in the lobby of a luxury hotel. It also published personal details about her family members.

“However,” said Huanqiu , “the U.S. State Department slammed the Hong Kong media on Thursday, and described the report exposing U.S. diplomat Ms. Eadeh’s past experience in instigating a ‘color revolution’ as ‘disclosing the personal information of U.S. diplomats.’ It attributed the media report to the [Chinese] government, and said that is what a thuggish regime would do.”

Huanqiu continued, “The Hong Kong media have the right to expose the situation of U.S. diplomats who are actively intervening in Hong Kong and to let people know what kind of people they are in order to form a more comprehensive understanding of the situation in Hong Kong. This is the duty of the media and the [Chinese] government has nothing to do with it.”

It concluded, “All this that the internal and external forces created is nothing but a phantom. With the strong support of the [Chinese Communist Party] Central Committee, the vast Hong Kong people who are patriotic and love Hong Kong will have the courage to stand up. The conspiracy will be shattered and the turmoil will be crushed. The time will come when the mob will be brought to justice.”

Source: Huanqiu, August 9, 2019
http://opinion.huanqiu.com/editorial/2019-08/15274986.html?agt=15422

Perpetrators Involved in Persecution of Falun Gong in China Shocked and Restrained their Behavior after Learning about the Latest US Visa Vetting Process

Recently, the U.S. State Department implemented a stricter visa vetting process. After the news reached mainland China, many officials, especially those perpetrators involved in the persecution of Falun Gong in China, were shocked. According to Minghui, an overseas Chinese website that is dedicated to reporting first-hand reports from China on the persecution on a daily basis, it issued a notice calling for Falun Gong practitioners to collect information on perpetrators, their family members, and their assets. Since the notice was published, there have been a number of reported cases where the police in China were more restrained in their behavior when treating detained Falun Gong practitioners.

In Helongjiang province, in one of the cities, after Falun Gong practitioners distributed flyers with information on the latest visa vetting policy, four female Falun Gong practitioners were released from the detention center within just 15 days. The guard also asked the practitioners: “I didn’t hit you? Right? Don’t report on me. I still want to send my children overseas.” In Shandong Shouguang City, two practitioners were arrested when they were clarifying the truth on the streets. The material they were passing out included flyers about the new visa vetting process. Practitioners specifically told the police to read the flyer. A few police officers appear to have been aware of what was going on. Both practitioners were released the next day. On two other separate occasions, police changed their attitude immediately after they learned about the visa policy and the practitioners were quickly released to go back home.

Source:
Minghui, August 6 & July 26, 2019
https://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2019/8/6/美国拒发签证新规使中共迫害者恐慌-391133.html
http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2019/7/26/%E8%AE%A9%E9%80%9A%E5%91%8A%E5%8F%91%E6%8C%A5%E5%87%BA%E5%BA%94%E6%9C%89%E7%9A%84%E4%BD%9C%E7%94%A8-390553.html

Poll Shows 90 Percent of Young Hong Kongese Distrust the Central Government

The civil movement that the Hong Kong government’s attempt to amend the extradition bill triggered has lasted for two months. According to a survey of 1007 Hong Kong residents that the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute Limited (HKPORI) conducted, 90 percent of young people believe that their dissatisfaction comes from a distrust of the central government.

Among the 1,007 Hong Kong residents above the age of 14 that HKPORI interviewed in July, 81 percent showed no trust in the central government. The proportion of those who did not trust in “one country, two systems” or the Hong Kong chief executive was 75 percent. In particular, among the 14 through 29 age group, those distrusting the Chinese government was as high as 91 percent. The proportion against “one country, two systems” or the chief executive was 86 percent and 84 percent respectively. They believe that chief executive Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong police, and the central government are the main factors contributing to the current crisis.

Guo Wenhao, a young community activist, told RFA that young people in Hong Kong no longer think that the SAR government can speak for them, but that it has instead become a yes-man for Beijing:

“With so many protests in Hong Kong in the past, the SAR government has never spoken out for the Hong Kong people. The controversies about the amendment to the extradition bill have been going on for so long. However, the government’s response is to condemn the demonstrators. How could young people trust the government? Nowadays many young people feel that they are farther and farther away from the central government. At the same time the central government has intervened and exerted influence nonstop. The Beijing government has sabotaged the freedom of speech and judicial independence that we previously enjoyed in Hong Kong. Everyone is worried about whether we will become like the dissidents in China; they are worried about whether we will be arrested for ‘inciting the subversion of state power’ whenever we express our opposition to the Chinese government.”

Yao-Yuan Yeh, a professor at the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas, said that a large number of young people in Hong Kong protested the revision of the extradition bill because their sense of deprivation has reached a peak point.

“People born before 1997 can personally feel the difference between the British and the Chinese governance of Hong Kong. Under which regime do people enjoy freedom and dignity? Those born after 1997 have access to free and open information, and know the situation in other countries. China has always wanted to transform or destroy the original political institutions in Hong Kong. With such a contrast, people have developed a sense of deprivation, and as a result they feel angry.”

Source: Radio Free Asia, August 6, 2019
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/hj-08062019120432.html

Mainland Netizens Reported Young Chinese Scholar for Joining Parade in Hong Kong

Chen Chun, a scholar from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, recently circulated pictures of himself on social media participating in a parade in Hong Kong. Chinese netizens reported Chen and protested. Chen introduced himself as a Ph.D. in ethics and a columnist, born in 1985.

The incident began on July 14, when some Chinese netizens found that Chen’s WeChat account showed photos of him wearing masks at Tai Wai MTR station, as part of the “black silence” parade that seven labor unions of the Hong Kong press industry had initiated.

After the incident went viral in cyberspace, some netizens posted comments on Chen’s Weibo account, a twitter like Chinese microblogging account, criticizing him and calling him a member of the “Hong Kong independence” movement. Although Chen has closed the comment function on his Weibo account, some mainland Chinese continued to slam him. One post said, “(We) may not be able to handle foreigners, but are you daring us to teach you a lesson?”

Chen Chun has not offered any response.

Source: Central News Agency, August 6, 2019
https://www.cna.com.tw/news/acn/201908060187.aspx