Antony Blinken Deletes Tweet Saying ‘We Stand With the People of Hong Kong’
Secretary of State Antony Blinken deleted a tweet on Thursday that criticized the Chinese government’s recent actions in Hong Kong and said the U.S. stands with the people of the territory.
Blinken was addressing China’s decision to disqualify seven pro-democracy district councilors two days after a deadline had passed for them to provide information to determine whether their oaths of office were valid.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price also copied and posted Blinken’s tweet on Thursday and his tweet was still available when accessed by Newsweek on Friday.
The original tweet said: “Beijing should let the voices of all Hong Kongers be heard. The PRC’s disqualification of district councillors only weakens Hong Kong’s long-term political and social stability.
“We stand with the people of Hong Kong & continue to support their human rights & fundamental freedoms,” Blinken wrote.
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