Nationalist daily editor advocates sniper fire

Local | 18 Nov 2019 3:20 pm

The chief editor of China’s nationalistic Global Times newspaper says Hong Kong police should use snipers to shoot violent protesters. Hu Xijin made the comments on Weibo on Sunday evening, during a prolonged standoff between riot police and demonstrators occupying Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

“If the rioters are killed, the police should not have to bear legal responsibility.”

Hu is an outspoken commentator who leads the Global Times, a tabloid under the People’s Daily, the official paper of the ruling Communist Party. He made similar remarks on Twitter, which is banned in mainland China.-AP



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