Disinfo: Anglo-Saxons are staging a colour revolution in Hong Kong with assistance from Vatican and Ukrainian Nazis

Summary

Hong Kong has turned into a Western ‘Trojan horse’ in China. American security bodies sent Ukrainian Nazis to instruct Hong Kong protesters on how to organize a Chinese Maidan. Most of Ukrainian Nazi associations are sort of mobile private military companies serving the US State Department. Another probable goal behind sending Ukrainian Nazis is to bring discord between the Chinese government and Ukrainian oligarchs who started selling important military and scientific technologies to Chinese. Washington also brought the Vatican in to help with the organization of the Hong Kong maidan. Local Catholics began an open anti-government propaganda. Events in Hong Kong may provoke a chain reaction in other Chinese provinces and strengthen the activities of totalitarian sects. Furthermore, the Taiwanese leadership wants to seize power in the whole China with US secret assistance.

Disproof

This is a mix of Ukraine- and China-related conspiracies aimed to discredit Hong Kong protest movement, including recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about US or West-funded Hong Kong protests and Nazis in Ukraine. Media widely reported about a group of four Ukrainians with far-right links noticed in Hong Kong, but the claims that they were sent by US security bodies or that they serve US State Department are groundless. The pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives about popular protests allegedly incited by the US around the world, including colour revolutions in Eastern Europe, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and others. The protests in Hong Kong started in June 2019 over a controversial extradition law, but have expanded to call for Hong Kong's leader to step down, an inquiry into alleged police brutality, for those who have been arrested to be released and greater democratic freedoms. See earlier disinformation cases claiming that the Hong Kong protests are the West’s revenge on China for not waging war against Russia, the U.S. uses all colour revolution technologies in Hong Kong to destabilize China, and that Britain and US are organising the protests in Hong Kong.

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  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Hong Kong, Vatican, UK, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Catholic church, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, Conspiracy theory, Nazi/Fascist

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Disproof

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Disproof

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