China claims Hong Kong protesters will stage a ‘9/11 terror plot’
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China claims Hong Kong protesters will stage a ‘9/11 terror plot’


A Chinese state-run newspaper has been blasted after claiming that anti-government protesters were planning massive terror attacks in Hong Kong on September 11  China Daily made the allegation along with a picture of burning Twin Towers on Facebook, citing ‘leaked information’ The newspaper later said that the post had been based on one post on a messaging platform popular among demonstrators Activists in Hong Kong have denounced a Facebook post from state-run newspaper China Daily which claimed they were planning massive terror attacks on September 11 Pictured, tens of thousands of protesters walk through Central district during a march on September 8 Activists in Hong Kong have called off protests today in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Rare footage shows Chinese soldiers launching Beijing’s Alibaba’s billionaire founder Jack Ma, 55, celebrates his. Share this article Share The controversial post from Monday said: ‘Anti-government fanatics are planning massive terror attacks, including blowing up gas pipes, in Hong Kong on September 11 ‘The 9/11 terror plot also encourages indiscriminate attacks on non-native speakers of Catonese [sic], and starting mountain fires ‘The leaked information was part of the strategy being schemed by radical protesters in their online chat rooms ‘The source post was said to come from social media app Telegram, which has been used by many demonstrators to coordinate rallies  The post said protesters should start killing people indiscriminately if the government failed to meet their demands   Beijing has previously labelled Hong Kong protesters ‘near terrorists’ and their rallies ‘political terrorism’  The September 11 attacks, or 9/11 attacks, were a series of airline hijackings and suicidal attacks on the United States in 2001 committed by Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda The 9/11 attacks have been the deadliest terrorist attacks in US history. Pictured, the World Trade Center south tower (left) burst into flames after being struck by hijacked plane as the north tower burns following an earlier similar attack in New York City September 11, 2001 The annual Triibute in Light is illuminated on the skyline of lower Manhattan behind the Statue of Liberty on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York CityNearly 3,000 people were killed by the events, which have been the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in US history  Both of New York’s iconic Twin Towers were reduced to dust after being hit by two hijacked planes  A third plane crashed into Pentagon and a fourth plane was brought down by heroic passengers in Pennsylvania The United States is marking the 18th anniversary of the attacks today.  ‘We don’t even need to do a fact check to know that this is fake news,’ one Hong Kong protester, Michael, 24, told Reuters referring to the China Daily post ‘The state media doesn’t care about its credibility. Whenever something they claimed to have heard on WhatsApp or friends’ friends, they will spread it right away ‘  Activists in the Asian financial hub have called off protests planned for today in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks ‘In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on Sept 11, apart from potential singing and chanting,’ they said in a statement. The city’s students and pupils are continuing to stage peaceful demonstrations today by forming human chains in support of the pro-democracy movement after starting a city-wide school strike last Monday   Hong Kong protesters hold up their five fingers to urge the government to respond to all of their five demands during a rally to the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on Sunday Hong Kong has been rocked by an anti-government movement since the beginning of June Pictured, a police officer fires tear gas at protesters during a demonstration on Sunday A man is detained by police at Central Station during a demonstration on Sunday in Hong KongThe China Daily report was worrying, said another protester, Karen, 23 ‘When they try to frame the whole protest with those words, it alarms me,’ she said ‘They are predicting rather than reporting. I think people calling it off today is a nice move ‘Patrick Poon, a researcher from Amnesty International, also denounced the national English-language newspaper which is run by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party He said: ‘The state-run newspaper has obviously gone too far in the attempt to discredit the frontline protesters in Hong Kong without providing any hard facts to support their claims  ‘It once again shows the importance of recognising the differences between real news and propaganda ‘ Last month, Twitter announced it had suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believed were part of a Chinese government’s influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong  Facebook and YouTube have also banned accounts and channels that allegedly ran pro-China propaganda to undermine protests in the semi-autonomous city    China has accused the United States, Britain and other Western nations of fomenting the unrest Pictured, protesters march towards the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on Sunday Protesters wear masks of the G7 leaders during a rally, urging them to ‘stand with Hong Kong’Hong Kong has been rocked by an anti-government movement since the beginning of June  The rallies were first sparked by a law bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial But the city’s residents are now demanding for wider democratic reforms. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam last week promised to formally withdraw the much-hated extradition bill But protesters are continuing to urge Lam to respond to all of their five demands, which also include an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, immediately release of arrested protesters and the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders Protesters hold up signs saying ‘boo’ and ‘We are Hong Kong’ to protest during the football match They held up material in the red and white to echo the Hong Kong team jersey Football fans boo the Chinese national anthem during the World Cup qualifier against Iran More than 10,000 football fans watched the match on Tuesday, but anti-government protesters in the crowds held up signs saying ‘boo’ and others chanted ‘Liberate Hong Kong’China has accused the United States, Britain and other Western countries of plotting and fomenting the unrest  Beijing yesterday lodged stern representations with Germany after leading activist Joshua Wong, 22, held talks in Berlin with the German foreign minister and gave public speeches to call for support for the Hong Kong movement  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents should be protected during an official visit to China last week   Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam last week promised to formally withdraw the much-hated extradition bill, but the move has not eased the chaos which have gone on for monthsCarrie Lam said in a speech on Wednesday that Hong Kong was grappling with significant challenges, from the trade dispute between China and the United States to the recent unrest  ‘My fervent hope is that we can bridge our divide by upholding the one country, two systems principle, and the Basic Law, and through the concerted efforts of the government and the people of Hong Kong,’ she told business leaders The Basic Law is Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.The protests spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many football fans defied Chinese law to boo the national anthem ahead of a soccer World Cup qualifier against Iran Several peaceful protests are planned for the next few days, combining with celebrations marking the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

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