Disinfo: Protests will continue in Hong Kong since Western intelligence wants to tarnish China’s image

Summary

Protests will continue in Hong Kong given that the movement has been clearly directed from abroad, with strong links to Western intelligence services. The aim has been to provoke reactions from Beijing that erode China’s image in the eyes of Western public opinion, which is a clear political goal for Western elites at this moment.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing every protest in the world as staged and never as a genuine expression of popular discontent. Kremlin-linked media have been portraying massive demonstrations in Hong Kong against Beijing’s growing assertiveness as an illegitimate Western-backed colour revolution aiming to destabilise China.

You can see other examples of this disinformation narrative in our database, such as claims that clashes in Hong Kong are organised and funded by the US; that the city has been destroyed after the protests; that the US sent Nazi militants of the Azov Battalion to radicalise the protests; that coronavirus may be an Anglo-Saxon revenge for their failure in Hong Kong, and NATO’s latest action in its containment strategy against China; or that Washington shifted its anti-Russian methods towards China to cover its role in the outbreak.

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  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, Hong Kong
  • Keywords: Intelligence services, Colour revolutions, The West
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Russia is not involved in the MH17 crash, this can be seen at the hearings in Schiphol

Hearings in Schiphol in the case of the 2014 crash of flight MH17, show that there is no evidence of Russia’s guilt. There are only assumptions and statements by Ukrainian and American politicians. There is no real evidence of Russia’s involvement in the crash of MH17.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

In March this year, the District Court of The Hague began hearing the case of the crash of flight MH17 in the sky over Donbas. The Schiphol Judicial Complex, located near the Hague, has been reserved for one year for the MH17 case. The second block of court hearings in the MH17 case began on June 8, 2020. In the opening session, held on 9 March 2020, the public prosecutor brought charges against the four suspects and provided an explanation of the case to the court. On 8 June, when the hearings were resumed, the prosecutors presented the various investigations and explained how these were conducted. Prosecutors also presented an investigation of telecommunications, radar and satellite data, explaining the main and alternative scenarios. Another court hearing in the MH17 case began on Friday, July 3. The court has considered whether additional investigation is necessary at this stage in the case. The prosecution has indicated that in its view the investigation is basically complete, and the defence contests this. The defence would like 'alternative scenarios' to be investigated.

The UN mission has unhindered access to the Crimea

The UN mission has unhindered access to Crimea. Since 2014, despite invitations from the Crimean and Russian authorities, no UN representatives have ever visited the peninsula.

Disproof

After the annexation of Crimea, Russia closed access to the peninsula for any international observers. The UN General Assembly has repeatedly called on the Kremlin to provide free access to the occupied Ukrainian territory in resolutions A/RES/71/205 (2016),  A/RES/72/190 (2017), A/RES/73/263 (2018), A/RES/74/168 (2019).

Also, in numerous reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, it was noted that Russia refuses to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law in the Crimea and does not agree to ensure the proper, unhindered access of international monitoring missions to Crimea.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine acknowledged that Ukraine has lost Crimeans forever

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine acknowledged that Ukraine has lost the Crimeans forever. Ukraine needs to fight not for the Crimean population, but for the territory itself because the people receive Russian information and do not have access to Ukrainian propaganda. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in the interview with “Krym.Realii”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea.

There was never a statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in the interview with “Krym.Realii” that Ukraine has "lost" the inhabitants of Crimea. He also did not say that "there is no need for Kyiv to fight for the population of the peninsula." According to Kuleba, it is difficult for Kyiv to fight for human consciousness in Crimea because the authorities do not have physical access there.