1. HONG KONG PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS THE GLOBE
Protests over the Hong Kong democracy movement have spread across the globe, with rallies taking place in the UK, France, US, Canada and Australia.
In Vancouver, Toronto and London, demonstrators were confronted by pro-Beijing rallies.
Hundreds also protested in Sydney’s Belmore Park on Sunday.
Some wore facemasks due to fears of alleged Chinese state surveillance of citizens who support Hong Kong from abroad.
On Sunday hundreds of thousands of people took part in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong despite increasingly severe warnings from the Chinese central government.
2. ‘MULAN’ FACES BOYCOTT AFTER CHINESE ACTRESS LIU YIFEI’S ‘SUPPORTS’ HONG KONG GOVERNMENT
Disney’s new live-action flick “Mulan” faces growing calls for a boycott in South Korea after its star Liu Yifei shared a controversial image on social media that critics see as her tacit support of China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Liu, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China, plays Mulan in the movie that will have worldwide release in March.
The image she shared on Weibo on Aug. 14 reads: “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”
The quote ― apparently against the protesters ― is said to have been from Fu Guohao, a Global Times reporter from mainland China, while allegedly being assaulted by protesters at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday. The image was made by the Chinese government’s mouthpiece the People’s Daily.
Disney, the company which produced Mulan, remains silent.
3. IRAN WARNS U.S. AGAINST SEIZING RELEASED IRANIAN OIL TANKER
Iran’s foreign ministry has warned the United States against any new attempt to seize an Iranian oil tanker in open seas after it left Gibraltar.
Shipping data showed the Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West was sailing to Greece on Monday after leaving Gibraltar, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further.
Asked whether the United States could renew its seizure request after the tanker sailed from Gibraltar, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: “Such an action would endanger shipping safety in open seas. They have issued a warning through official channels, especially the Swiss embassy.”
Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran which has no diplomatic relations with the United States.