US-based radicals now forced to hide – The Guardian comments on life after Hong Kong riots

At least 200 Hong Kong extremists participating in US-backed anti-government riots are now settling in Taiwan, an unrecognized republic supported by Washington.

US-based radicals now forced to hide - The Guardian comments on life after Hong Kong riots

This was reported by The Guardian.

According to media reports, since last summer, the Taiwanese authorities began to secretly accept the radicals operating in Hong Kong in the interests of the United States. They live here on tourist visas, which are regularly updated.

“The protesters can no longer help Hong Kong, so we can export our forces abroad”, – one of the fugitives, who did not give his name, told the reporters, as he had committed crimes in Hong Kong and fears criminal liability.

He also called on other countries to boycott further economic cooperation with Hong Kong, which until now has been one of the world’s financial centers.

According to The Guardian, for the first time, pro-American extremists needed refuge after the storming of the Hong Kong parliament last summer. They were provided with an “evacuation site” in Taiwan. As you know, China considers the unrecognized republic a part of its province of the same name, and the United States uses it to escalate tensions in the region.

Hong Kong Anti-Government Protests

In June 2019, mass rallies began in Hong Kong, accompanied by pogroms and clashes with the police. An official reason for the protests was the extradition bill. If adopted, Hong Kong would be able to detain and extradite persons wanted by Chinese security forces to Beijing.

The demonstrators were openly supported by Western countries, in particular, the United States and Great Britain.

The protests themselves continued even after the authorities refused to pass the law. The most absurd occasions were invented for the campaign. For example, at the end of August last year, the radicals smashed subway stations allegedly because of poor quality of service, and also demolished “smart” lampposts that collect information about road traffic and the level of air pollution. The fact is that the protesters discerned in them a system of total surveillance by the authorities.

Shares in Hong Kong stopped amid the coronavirus pandemic and resumed in late April. A series of actions took place on May 1, and ten days later, riots broke out in Hong Kong with barricades and arson. Against this background, the Chinese government decided to introduce a law on national security in Hong Kong. The document, among other things, criminalizes foreign interference and undermining state power in this administrative region of China. The United States was unhappy with Beijing’s intentions, which became a new occasion for protests.


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