A former Hong Konger now exiled to the UK has called upon the U.K. government to investigate so-called “Stop Asian Hate” groups for ties to Beijing’s communist regime.
Former pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law made his comments after pro Chinese protesters attacked counter protesters.
“Law called on the U.K. authorities to investigate the organizers of the ‘Stop Anti-Asian Racism and Reject the New Cold War’ rally for links to Beijing, and to bring those who attacked the counter-protesters to justice,” said Radio Free Asia (RFA).
“Of course, it’s indispensable to address the problems of racial-based hate crime. But the speakers kept equating criticism on China to stirring hate to Chinese people,” Law said on Twitter.
One eyewitness to the violence said that the pro-Beijing group which organized the protest, suddenly attacked the Hong Kongers using makeshift weapons. Afterwards bats made of wood and metal were found in the trash. Some Hong Kongers were taken to the hospital and at least one arrest was made.
“At least one person was taken away in handcuffs, while someone from the organizing group took several photos of RFA’s reporter at the scene at close range,” Reported RFA.
The detail of taking photos is important because it’s standard operating procedure by Chinese security services. China has the largest facial recognition database in the world and the most sophisticated facial recognition technology.
Combined with its cyber capabilities that has allegedly has hacked everything from credit agencies to social media companies, their ability to correlate facial recognition data with personally recognizable information from other database is gives them the ability to personally identify people in faraway places like the U.S. and U.K. using simple photographs taken during a protest or a riot.
“Hongkongers in Britain founder Simon Cheng said there is insufficient awareness of the infiltration carried out by groups under the CCP’s United Front Work Department overseas,” said RFA.
“This is how they are continuing to mobilize people overseas; it’s CCP nationalism, which expresses itself as the CCP’s overseas propaganda effort,” said Cheng