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China compares U.S. Capitol riots with Hong Kong protests

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Protesters occupy the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China on August 12, 2019.

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BEIJING – China on Thursday tried to draw parallels between the U.S. Capitol Hill uprising and the pro-democracy riots in Hong Kong two years ago.

Chinese state media avoided sharing too many opinions on the news, although the state-backed tabloid Global Times showed photos of the mayhem in both riots and highlighted what was a discrepancy in media coverage for both.

In response to the US unrest, Chinese State Department spokesman Hua Chunying compared the mobs on Capitol Hill to protests in Hong Kong in 2019, in which large crowds stormed and destroyed the legislative building in the Chinese city.

At the daily press conference, she pointed to US media descriptions of the DC riots as “violence” and “shame” and compared them with remarks by US spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, who once called the protests in Hong Kong a “beautiful sight”. “

The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged “people to ponder why some people and media in the US gave different reports about the social turmoil in Hong Kong in 2019,” Global Times said in an English-language tweet.

The Chinese-language state media downplayed the riots in the U.S. Capitol, reported the news, but made no major political comments.

Four people died on Wednesday when mobs stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC as angry supporters of President Donald Trump tried to delay Congress approving President-elect Joe Biden.

After hours of delay, Congress finally confirmed Biden’s victory early Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong police arrested more than 50 pro-democracy people for allegedly violating a new national security law and said they took part in an unofficial vote last year.

Beijing passed the national security law last year when it tightened control over Hong Kong after large-scale protests that became increasingly violent.

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