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‘Irony is dead': Pompeo accuses China of trying to ‘deny Hong Kongers a voice' as cops in US plow into protesters

Added 06-02-20 11:37:03am EST - “Amid protests against police brutality and threats to unleash the military on US citizens, Mike Pompeo accused China of denying citizens a voice over its refusal to permit a vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Irony is dead’: Pompeo accuses China of trying to ‘deny Hong Kongers a voice’ as cops in US plow into protesters”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Police in Hong Kong denied permission for organizers, for the first time in 30 years, to hold the annual vigil, citing worries over the Covid-19 virus.

In a Tuesday tweet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "Beijing's intent" was clearly "to deny Hong Kongers a voice and a choice.” The top US diplomat is set to meet with Tiananmen Square survivors at the Department of State on Tuesday afternoon, according to his public schedule. 

It starts; so soon. For the first time in 30 years, Hong Kong authorities denied permission to hold the #TiananmenVigil. If there is any doubt about Beijing’s intent, it is to deny Hong Kongers a voice and a choice, making them the same as mainlanders. So much for two systems.

Pompeo’s ironic commentary on human rights in Hong Kong came a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to totally “dominate” protest movements and riots sparked by the brutal police killing of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Recent days have seen police officers in the US plow vehicles into groups of peaceful protesters as violence rages across numerous cities. Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters gathered outside the White House on Monday evening. Meanwhile, police in Virginia were filmed firing tear gas at kneeling protesters minutes before a city curfew went into effect on Monday.

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