The US is supporting and encouraging Hong Kong protests

Summary

The US is supporting and encouraging Hong Kong protests.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory without evidence.

For years, pro-Kremlin media has used the narrative about anti-government protests being funded by the US. Examples include colour revolutions in post-soviet states, the “Arab Spring” revolts, and Euromaidan in 2014.

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.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: US, China
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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