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Greek man condemns western reports on Hong Kong as ‘fake news’

(People's Daily Online)    13:55, August 28, 2019

A Greek man recently condemned western media for fake reports relating to the recent Hong Kong protests and urged young demonstrators to stop violence in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV).

A short video of Peter condemning a group of Hong Kong protesters in Australia went viral on Chinese social media, and caught the attention of Xinwen Linabo, CCTV’s prime-time evening news program.

The video was filmed in Adelaide, and shows the Greek passer-by yelling at the demonstrators, “you think this is going to save Hong Kong? This is ruining Hong Kong. This is wrong.”

Peter told CCTV that demonstrators would be jailed if the violent demonstrations took place in Australia.

In his view, the western media often tells lies and creates fake news to oppose China.

"The Western media always use fake news. They are always anti-China. If they don't like something, they will use anything to convince the people that the other side is wrong," he said.

Now, Peter has become popular among Chinese netizens as well as locals in Adelaide. Some passers-by come up to give him a hug or take a photo with him.

Besides Peter, several other foreigners have expressed their opinions toward the ongoing Hong Kong protests.

On Aug. 12, a stranded Australian passenger countered the demonstrators at the Hong Kong International Airport, condemning them for throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police and noting that the Hong Kong police were quite restrained.

Mentioning the July 1 incident of protesters besieging the Legislature Council, Peter Bently, a Hong Kong permanent resident of British origin, said that the riot police in western countries such as the UK, the US or France would use real bullets not rubber bullets facing the extreme radicals. 

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