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China Using Pandemic to Silence Hong Kong Protesters: Activist

By Kyodo News 4 June 2020

TOKYO—Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on Wednesday accused China of using the coronavirus pandemic to silence protesters in Hong Kong and employing “wolf diplomacy” to deflect criticisms leveled at it from other countries.

“The pandemic comes from China, but China is just using the effort and attention [in the hopes of turning] Hong Kong into another Xinjiang,” Wong said, referring to Beijing’s crackdown on Uyghurs and other minority Muslims in the country’s far west Xinjiang region.

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