China’s Xi Jinping gave a dire warning to Chinese citizens on Sunday, promising violent retribution for anyone engaged in “dividing China.”
Responding to Tibetan Buddhist refugees in Nepal, the president declared “crushed bodies and shattered bones” for anyone “attempting to split China.”
The vow was likely a threat toward pro-Hong Kong protesters, who for months have been demonstrating against the Chinese government’s potential incursions into Hong Kong freedoms. Protests were originally touched off by the proposal of a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China in the event of a criminal charge.
🔦 Hong Kong is an administrative region of China just off the coast of the mainland and was until very recently administrated by the British. Hong Kong enjoys a certain level of autonomy from the communist Chinese government, and its residents enjoy greater human rights. China, lately, has been infringing on those rights.