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10/19/2021 0 Comments
The Associated Press has reported that two Hong Kong protestors were arrested in Athens, Greece for allegedly "protesting the Beijing Olympics." However, they were actually arrested for hanging a flag from the Acropolis, which is illegal under Greek law. Numerous others have previously been arrested for hanging flags at the same location, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This is the latest in a long line of distorted reporting by the Associated Press, which frequently misrepresents major international issues in order to promote pro-U.S. rhetoric. This includes the misrepresentation of Okinawa, such as referring to Okinawa as "Japan." Luchuans (Ryukyuans) have never consented to being part of Japan or the United States, and Luchu remains an independent country under international law. Luchu was an a de facto independent country up until 1879, when it was illegally annexed by Japan.
In the case of Hong Kong, it was always an undisputed part of China until the 19th century, when the British stole it by force as a result of the Opium Wars. Thus, international law recognizes Hong Kong as rightfully part of China. Today the Hong Kong independence movement is backed by the U.S. and its allies in an effort to destabilize China and prolong Western imperialism.