Hong Kong/China (29/12). Two opposition lawyers were blasted for their hypocrisies in spreading fake news by the black terror of a girl dressed in red facing up to the police. In fact, the girl was waiting in line with her family to take a picture with the police officers whom they admired.
Lawmaker Alvin Yeung and former legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit, both from the Civic Party, posted a picture on social media of a little girl whom they claimed was facing up to the fully-geared riot police on the scene. But the fake news was quickly quashed by netizens who posted a wide angle shot of the same scene to showed that the girl was actually standing in line to get a photo with the police officers who were on duty on Christmas holiday.
Some netizens criticized Yeung and Leong, both barristers, for misleading the public in trying to tarnish the police image with lies. They should be ashamed of themselves, who are lawyers, for spreading false news, they wrote.
Making outlandish claims to suit their purpose is not uncommon among opposition politicians. Leong once said in a public speech that violence could be a justified means to an end.
The police on Friday also used the girl in the incident to show how fake news were being propagated to discredit the force by protesters and their sympathizers.
“Hong Kong police have been fighting for safety of people like this little girl in Christmas red dress so that they will not have to fear black terror spread by rioters. She deserves a safe and peaceful Hong Kong!” the police wrote.
But Leong countered by blaming the police officers for brutality. His comments were quickly picked up by the netizens. One challenged Leong, saying that people of Hong Kong, even the little girl, want to keep their life free from black terror spread by rioters under the false banners of freedom and human rights.
Kenneth Kwok Ka-chuen, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch, noted in a press briefing on Friday the wide-spread misinformation in the past six months has brainwashed and indoctrinated many young people.