A Chinese newspaper ” China Daily” has described the protests in Hong Kong as a “color revolution” for the first time. “What happens in Hong Kong is no longer just the expression of displeasure over real or imagined grievances,” writes the China Daily on Monday. “It has the same hue as the color revolutions instigated in the Middle East and North Africa: local anti-government elements conspiring with outside forces to overthrow governments, using modern communication technology to spread rumors, fear and mistrust”.
Although the Chinese leadership has long maintained that foreign forces are at work in Hong Kong. So far, however, it has avoided too open intervention in the conflict. The term “color revolution” suggests that this could change now.
This is also indicated from an announcement by the Hong Kong and Macao Central Government Office, which has convened a press conference for the afternoon. This is extremely rare as the central government generally prefers to have measures announced by the local government in Hong Kong. However, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam has not appeared in public despite the escalation of recent days. There are rumors circulating in Hong Kong that her resignation could be announced.
The China Daily called for the Hong Kong police not to take inappropriate hassle but to implement rule of law, the paper said. All lawbreakers would have to be punished. Therefore, the city administration should no longer pursue a conciliatory course and be cautious about “political implications”. “For political reasons, the police have been holding back until now, and that’s not a normal situation,” the China Daily wrote.
On Sunday evening, it had come to the heavy clashes between protesters and the police. The security forces used significantly more tear gas than ever before in Hong Kong. The police said 49 people had been arrested. The demonstrators had rallied in an unauthorized protest march in front of the Central Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong, where police had gathered numerous forces to block the building from attack.
“It was the most intense confrontation I have seen in recent months,” said MP Ted Hui to the online portal Hong Kong Free Press. He accused the police of having used excessive force against the demonstrators. For its part, the government condemned “radical demonstrators” who used bricks and burning objects against the police. According to information from the South China Morning Post, there are plans to test the use of water cannons for the first time this week.
The China Daily suspects the United States behind all this. Other than described by global media, these are not spontaneous, leadership-less protests. “The masterminds want to make the world believe that.” It was naive to believe that the actions were not orchestrated.
As evidence, the China Daily cited the presence of media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. He founded Giordano, an Asian clothing retailer, and Next Digital, a well-known financier of the Democratic camp, who met with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this month in Washington. With the unauthorized demonstrations on the weekend, the level of “lawlessness” in the city has reached a new high, the newspaper wrote.