State Department says team managing Blinken’s Twitter account made an ‘error’
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has removed a tweet that criticized the Chinese government and instead opted to issue a less-powerful tweet, showing support from the United States for the people of Hong Kong .
The original message, shared from Blinken’s Twitter account, read: “Beijing must make the voice of all Hong Kong people heard. The PRC’s disqualification of district councilors only undermines Hong Kong’s long-term political and social stability. We the people of Hong Kong We stand with Kong and continue to support his human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
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Blinken’s tweet came two days after China sacked seven pro-democracy councilors after they had to submit information to help determine whether their oath of office was valid.
After deleting the tweet, the same account later issued another tweet that read: “The PRC’s disqualification of seven pro-democracy district councilors undermines the ability of the people in Hong Kong to participate in their governance. whom they represent. Decreasing representation is against the spirit of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.”
When contacted by Granthshala News for a statement regarding the decision to remove the original tweet, a State Department spokesperson insisted that the original tweet was “intended to come from the spokesperson.”
The spokesperson said, “The team managing the secretary’s Twitter account mistakenly sent an incoming tweet from the spokesperson. We corrected that error and tweeted from both accounts, which included pro-democracy district councilors by Hong Kong authorities. was informed of the disqualification.”
In addition, the spokesperson insisted that the tweet was not removed over “political concerns”.
“The suggestion that this administrative change was in any way motivated by political concerns is clearly untrue. The tweets confirm – in word and sense – that the United States stands with the people of Hong Kong. We move from the PRC to Hong Kong. Urges people to allow them to participate meaningfully in their governance.”