Claims that other countries are now encouraging protests here in the US are notable because the US government has often been the biggest fan of anti-government demonstrations—as long as they are happening in other countries…
China recently passed new national security legislation for Hong Kong, which specifically condemned foreign influences, after months of demonstrations where US officials cheered on the clashes, even when they became violent. But instead of choosing the same path, Beijing responded to the protests here in the US by expressing concern for minorities who are mistreated by police.
“The current state of affairs once again reflects the seriousness of the problems of racial discrimination, the violent law enforcement by the US police, and the urgency of solving the problems,” Zhao Lijian said.
A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry also took to Twitter, sharing a broadcast from RT America where our anchor Rick Sanchez pointed out the contrast between how the Trump Administration referred to those who take part in riots here in the US as “thugs,” and those who take part in riots in Hong Kong as “heroes.” She also referenced a statement from the State Department, which criticized China for quote “breaking its promises to the people of Hong Kong,” and to that, she said simply wrote the phrase, “I can’t breathe.”
The US has also been adamant in its support for anti-government protests in Iran, and in response to the latest protests here in the US, Iran’s foreign minister released a statement given by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo back in 2018, but he added a few changes of his own, so that instead of claiming “the people of Iran are tired of the corruption, injustice, and incompetence from their leaders,” the statement targeted the US government and cited the American people, with the caption, “Some don’t think Black Lives Matter. To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism.“
We have seen more than 4,000 arrests in the last week tied to the protests, which included looting and the destruction of businesses. But despite claims that the violence has been linked to far-left or far-right extremists, the data we have seen so far suggests that most of these suspects are local and many seem to be opportunists taking advantage of the chaotic environment, as opposed to part of an organization with a clear mission. But that hasn’t stopped current and former officials from trying to place the blame on other countries.
During an interview, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice said, “Based on my experience, this is right out of the Russian playbook… we cannot allow the extremists, the foreign actors, to distract from the real problems we have in this country.”
Senator Marco Rubio also claimed the US has seen “very heavy social media activity on protests and counter reactions from social media accounts linked to at least three foreign adversaries.”
When asked about those comments, current National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien claimed the US is monitoring online activity from China, Russia, Iran and Zimbabwe. But these claims that other countries are now encouraging protests here in the US are notable, because the US government have often been the biggest fan of anti-government demonstrations in other countries.