On Wednesday, China condemned pro-democracy protesters for bringing “terrorist-like” attacks on its citizens during the second day of mass disruptions at Hong Kong’s airport that turned violent.
On Tuesday, the rallies concluded with ugly clashes that included protesters beating two men. The conflict had paralyzed Hong Kong which is one of the world’s busiest travel hubs.
The protesters have staged 10 weeks of relentless rallies to demand greater freedoms. However, the Chinese government immediately seized on the attacks to increase its drumbeat of anger and intimidation against the protesters.
Xu Luying, the spokeswoman at the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs of the State Council, “We express the strongest condemnation of these terrorist-like actions.”
This was for the second time this week, that the country had sought to frame the protests as “terrorism”, that indicated threatening warnings that have raised fears it may deploy force to stop the unrest.
A video was published by the state media of armored personnel carriers driving towards the border with Hong Kong, which spread fear. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump expressing worry said his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troop movements towards the Hong Kong border.
“I hope it works out for everybody, including China. I hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets killed,” Trump said. Millions of people took Hong Kong’s streets to protest against a new law that will allow extraditions to mainland China. The protesters are demanding that China’s rulers stop interfering in the city. Most sectors of Hong Kong’s society have supported it.