Disinfo: Hong Kong’s protests will depend on the US, as they are the organisers of the revolt


The evolution of the situation in Hong Kong will depend on the position of the true organiser of the conflict, which is the United States. The big promoters, student Joshua Wong and tycoon Jimmy Lai, have already been to the US to receive instructions.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

Recurrent Russian narrative about anti-government protests being funded by the US. Examples include colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, the “Arab Spring” revolts, and Ukraine's Euromaidan in 2014. Western non-governmental organisations are often targeted by pro-Kremlin disinformation as agents of this subversive and state-driven influence.

The Hong Kong protests began in June 2019 because of a controversial extradition law that would allow for the transfer of suspects to face trial on the Chinese mainland. Young activist and protest leader Joshua Wong toured several countries in September, including the US, to publicly ask Western countries to press China on preserving human rights and democracy in Hong Kong, not to receive instructions. The same goes for businessman Jimmy Lai, who visited Washington in July to request US political support for the protest movement.

You can see other examples of Russian disinformation about the US and Western powers allegedly funding and organizing the protests in Hong Kong here, here, here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Hong Kong, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions


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