Australia demands apology after China urges war crimes probe with meme of ‘Aussie soldier slitting Afghan child's throat'
Added 11-29-20 10:37:02pm EST - “Australian PM has demanded an official apology from China, after its foreign ministry spokesman called for justice over the recent war crimes report ?" with an illustration of a soldier holding a knife to a child's throat.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Australia demands apology after China urges war crimes probe with meme of ‘Aussie soldier slitting Afghan child’s throat’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers,” Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said in a Tweet on Monday morning.
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The post was illustrated with a photo collage of a soldier in Australian military uniform holding a knife to a child’s throat, with a caption that read ‘Don't be afraid, we are coming to bring you peace!’
Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable. pic.twitter.com/GYOaucoL5D
In an emergency press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison blasted Beijing for this “utterly outrageous” post that "cannot be justified on any basis whatsoever", and demanded an official apology from the Chinese government – while calling on Twitter to wipe it immediately.
Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable. pic.twitter.com/GYOaucoL5D— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) November 30, 2020
A visibly angry Scott Morrison: “the Chinese government should be ashamed of this post”PM says Australia is seeking an apology, wants China to remove it, and has contacted Twitter to have it removedCalls it a “slur” https://t.co/sWs8fuN7mspic.twitter.com/oxrXuWSsJo— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) November 30, 2020
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