Furious backlash at Jackie Chan for backing Beijing against Hong Kong protesters

Jackie Chan has sparked anger over his pro-Beijing comments after being asked about the ongoing unrest that has left his hometown Hong Kong in chaos.   

The 65-year-old celebrity said he was proud of being Chinese and that he loved his motherland but that the ‘recent events in Hong Kong’ broke his heart, as he urged the public to join him in safeguarding Chinese sovereignty. 

It comes as one of China‘s biggest actresses Liu Yifei, who is set to star as the eponymous character in Disney’s upcoming Mulan remake tweeted a pro-police message to her 65million followers.

Her comments sparked outrage among Hong Kong protesters and calls to boycott her latest film after backing Beijing authority’s attempts to crackdown on pro-democracy protests. 

The city is bracing for another weekend of rallies with up to a million activists on the streets, calling on the public to withdraw as much money as possible from the banks to warn Beijing about the city’s importance as a global financial hub. 

In mainland China’s Shenzhen, which border Hong Kong, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) units were seen rehearsing again today amid fears of military intervention from Beijing. 

The actress set to star as the eponymous character in Disney's upcoming Mulan remake has sparked outrage after tweeting a pro-police message. Chinese-American star Liu Yifei, 31, shared a political post on Weibo, a micro-blogging site similar to Twitter that's popular in China

The actress set to star as the eponymous character in Disney's upcoming Mulan remake has sparked outrage after tweeting a pro-police message. Chinese-American star Liu Yifei, 31, shared a political post on Weibo, a micro-blogging site similar to Twitter that's popular in China

He made the remarks during an interview with China's state broadcaster CCTV about the protests in Hong Kong

He made the remarks during an interview with China's state broadcaster CCTV about the protests in Hong Kong

The 65-year-old celebrity said he was proud of being Chinese and that he loved his motherland during an interview with China’s state broadcaster CCTV about the protests in Hong Kong. It comes as one of China ‘s biggest actresses Liu Yifei, who is set to star as the eponymous character in Disney’s upcoming Mulan remake tweeted a pro-police message to her 65million followers

Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong

Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong

Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong

Chan’s comments were not received well with Hong Kong protesters accusing the Kung Fu star of being ‘shameless’ and ‘eating the Communist Party’s pill’.

Taking to Twitter, users said that people in the star’s native Hong Kong ‘hate’ him.

‘With each passing decade, Jackie Chan kind of sucks more and more’ one wrote.

Another said: ‘He’s sucked for a very long time’ 

A third said: ‘He’s become one of China’s most powerful patriotic voices, being wheeled out by state media to salute the flag in the midst of the Hong Kong crisis’.

Pro-democracy protesters attend a rally in Hong Kong tonight amid criticism of celebrity's who have praised Beijing

Pro-democracy protesters attend a rally in Hong Kong tonight amid criticism of celebrity's who have praised Beijing

Pro-democracy protesters attend a rally in Hong Kong tonight amid criticism of celebrity’s who have praised Beijing

Hong Kong's summer of rage was sparked by broad opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland

Hong Kong's summer of rage was sparked by broad opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland

Hong Kong’s summer of rage was sparked by broad opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland

Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally calling on the British and U.S. governments to monitor the implementation of 'one country two systems' principal

Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally calling on the British and U.S. governments to monitor the implementation of 'one country two systems' principal

Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally calling on the British and U.S. governments to monitor the implementation of ‘one country two systems’ principal

Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise today at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise today at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise today at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

Chinese military this week declared it would take them just 10 minutes to reach Hong Kong

Chinese military this week declared it would take them just 10 minutes to reach Hong Kong

Chinese military this week declared it would take them just 10 minutes to reach Hong Kong

His comments were not received well with Hong Kong protesters accusing the Kung Fu star of being 'shameless' and 'eating the Communist Party's pill'.

His comments were not received well with Hong Kong protesters accusing the Kung Fu star of being 'shameless' and 'eating the Communist Party's pill'.

His comments were not received well with Hong Kong protesters accusing the Kung Fu star of being ‘shameless’ and ‘eating the Communist Party’s pill’.

Hong Kong has been rocked by protests over the past months against a now-suspended bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in courts in mainland China

Hong Kong has been rocked by protests over the past months against a now-suspended bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in courts in mainland China

Hong Kong has been rocked by protests over the past months against a now-suspended bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in courts in mainland China

Meanwhile, Chinese-American star Liu Yifei, 31, shared a political post on Weibo, a micro-blogging site similar to Twitter that’s popular in China. 

Her message which fans deemed to support police brutality in Hong Kong lead to #BoycottMulan to trend worldwide. 

Martial arts expert Chan, known for his pro-Beijing stance, broke silence on the pro-democracy protests during an interview with China’s state broadcaster CCTV

Chan stressed that he supported a patriotic campaign run by CCTV which prompted Chinese citizens to love their national flag. 

He also said that the 'recent events in Hong Kong' broke his heart. He urged the public to join him in safeguarding the Chinese national flag. Pictured, a pro-China supporter fixes the Chinese National Flag on a post at North Point in Hong Kong on Sunday

He also said that the 'recent events in Hong Kong' broke his heart. He urged the public to join him in safeguarding the Chinese national flag. Pictured, a pro-China supporter fixes the Chinese National Flag on a post at North Point in Hong Kong on Sunday

He also said that the ‘recent events in Hong Kong’ broke his heart. He urged the public to join him in safeguarding the Chinese national flag. Pictured, a pro-China supporter fixes the Chinese National Flag on a post at North Point in Hong Kong on Sunday

The actor said he immediately shared CCTV’s social media post about the campaign once he saw it.  

The initiative, called ‘the Five-starred Red Flag has 1.4 billion guards’, was launched after ­a number of protesters threw the Chinese flag into Victoria Harbour during a rally on August 3. 

Meanwhile, Liu Yifei shared a picture from the state’s official paper, the People’s Daily, that read ‘I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now’.

She added her own message reading ‘What a shame for Hong Kong’ and ‘I also support Hong Kong police…’.      

Her message which fans deemed to support police brutality in Hong Kong lead to #BoycottMulan to trend worldwide

Her message which fans deemed to support police brutality in Hong Kong lead to #BoycottMulan to trend worldwide

Her message which fans deemed to support police brutality in Hong Kong lead to #BoycottMulan to trend worldwide

Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions ‘terrorist-like’.

Chinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.

The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds – or even thousands – are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests.  

Twitter users have called out Yifei for hypocrisy, citing that she lives in the US, and is a naturalised American citizen.

Twitter users have called out Yifei for hypocrisy, citing that she lives in the US, and is a naturalised American citizen.

Twitter users have called out Yifei for hypocrisy, citing that she lives in the US, and is a naturalised American citizen.

Twitter users have called out Yifei for hypocrisy, citing that she lives in the US, and is a naturalised American citizen.

Others pointed out irony that she is playing the titular character in Mulan, a powerful warrior who fights imperial overlords.

One wrote: ‘That highly anticipated film with such a power cast and the one’s playing Mulan f**ked it all up by supporting police brutality in Hong Kong. So disappointing, Disney must be fuming rn. #BoycottMulan

Another added: ‘#BoycottMulan because while these people in HK are fighting for their rights while being brutalized by their own police, Liu Yifei is sitting her happy a** down in the US enjoying the rights those people don’t have while supporting the police brutality from afar.

A third commented: ‘Disney’s Mulan actress, Liu Yifei, supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong. Liu is a naturalized American citizen. it must be nice. meanwhile she p***es on people fighting for democracy.

Anti-extradition bill protesters react from tear gas as riot police try to disperse them during a protest at Sham Shui Po on August 11 in Hong Kong in the 10th week of violent showdowns

Anti-extradition bill protesters react from tear gas as riot police try to disperse them during a protest at Sham Shui Po on August 11 in Hong Kong in the 10th week of violent showdowns

Anti-extradition bill protesters react from tear gas as riot police try to disperse them during a protest at Sham Shui Po on August 11 in Hong Kong in the 10th week of violent showdowns

Pro-Democracy protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police during a demonstration against the controversial extradition bill in Sham Shui Po district on August 11

Pro-Democracy protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police during a demonstration against the controversial extradition bill in Sham Shui Po district on August 11

Pro-Democracy protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police during a demonstration against the controversial extradition bill in Sham Shui Po district on August 11

Both the Hong Kong and ­Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) and the central government’s liaison office in the city strongly condemned the demonstrators’ behaviour. 

Leung Chun-ying, former leader of the city and the Vice Chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said he would offer one million Hong Kong dollars (£105,000) to whomever that could provide leads to help police catch the suspects.

Explaining why he felt so strongly about the cause, Chan said: ‘On one hand, [I] needed to express my most basic patriotism as a Hong Kong and Chinese citizen. I am one of the flag guards. 

‘On the other hand, I hoped to express our collective voice through participating in such a campaign.’

Chan expressed his patriotism 'as a Hong Kong and Chinese citizen' during the interview

Chan expressed his patriotism 'as a Hong Kong and Chinese citizen' during the interview

Chan expressed his patriotism ‘as a Hong Kong and Chinese citizen’ during the interview

The star continued: ‘I have been to a lot of countries in recent years and our country is developing quickly. Wherever I went, I felt proud of being Chinese.’

He concluded: ‘Hong Kong is my birthplace and my hometown. China is my home country.

‘I love my country. I love my hometown. I truly hope peace can return to Hong Kong as quickly as possible.’ 

Hong Kong has been rocked by protests over the past months against a now-suspended bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China.

The mass display of opposition to the bill has morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement that has thrown down the most significant challenge to Beijing’s authority since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. 

The protesters have continued to urge the government to respond to their five demands, including a complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, an independent enquiry into alleged police violence and universal suffrage. 

Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was allegedly shot in the eye during a rally on Sunday. Police and protesters have clashed outside the Terminal 1 of the airport

Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was allegedly shot in the eye during a rally on Sunday. Police and protesters have clashed outside the Terminal 1 of the airport

Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was allegedly shot in the eye during a rally on Sunday. Police and protesters have clashed outside the Terminal 1 of the airport

A photographer is seen trying to separate a policeman from a woman on the floor. The scuffles broke out in the evening between police and protesters after an injured person was taken out of the main terminal by medics

A photographer is seen trying to separate a policeman from a woman on the floor. The scuffles broke out in the evening between police and protesters after an injured person was taken out of the main terminal by medics

A photographer is seen trying to separate a policeman from a woman on the floor. The scuffles broke out in the evening between police and protesters after an injured person was taken out of the main terminal by medics

Riot police use pepper spray on protesters. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law

Riot police use pepper spray on protesters. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law

Riot police use pepper spray on protesters. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law

Flights at the city’s airport have been disrupted for two days in a row after activists staged demonstrations at the terminal building. 

Protesters clashed with police at Hong Kong’s international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil.

Officers armed with pepper spray and swinging batons confronted the protesters who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the airport terminal. 

Pro-democracy protesters try to occupy the departures hall during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport today. Hong Kong airport authority has suspended all departure check-ins on a second day due to the demonstration

Pro-democracy protesters try to occupy the departures hall during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport today. Hong Kong airport authority has suspended all departure check-ins on a second day due to the demonstration

Pro-democracy protesters try to occupy the departures hall during another demonstration at Hong Kong’s international airport today. Hong Kong airport authority has suspended all departure check-ins on a second day due to the demonstration

A tourist (central) gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by pro-democracy protesters today. The activists have gathered to denounce alleged police violence and call for reforms

A tourist (central) gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by pro-democracy protesters today. The activists have gathered to denounce alleged police violence and call for reforms

A tourist (central) gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by pro-democracy protesters today. The activists have gathered to denounce alleged police violence and call for reforms

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (bottom) block access to the departure gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport today. The airport authority has advised members of the public not to come to the airport

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (bottom) block access to the departure gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport today. The airport authority has advised members of the public not to come to the airport

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (bottom) block access to the departure gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong’s international airport today. The airport authority has advised members of the public not to come to the airport

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (centre) crowd the area in front of the departure gates to block access. The airport re-opened this morning after around 200 flights were cancelled yesterday due to a 5,000-strong protest in the terminal building

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (centre) crowd the area in front of the departure gates to block access. The airport re-opened this morning after around 200 flights were cancelled yesterday due to a 5,000-strong protest in the terminal building

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (centre) crowd the area in front of the departure gates to block access. The airport re-opened this morning after around 200 flights were cancelled yesterday due to a 5,000-strong protest in the terminal building

In this combination of photos taken on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, protesters wear eyepatches during a demonstration at the airport in Hong Kong. Protesters who have occupied Hong Kong International Airport wore bandages over one eye in a sign of solidarity with a comrade reportedly hit with a type of non-lethal ammunition known as a beanbag round

In this combination of photos taken on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, protesters wear eyepatches during a demonstration at the airport in Hong Kong. Protesters who have occupied Hong Kong International Airport wore bandages over one eye in a sign of solidarity with a comrade reportedly hit with a type of non-lethal ammunition known as a beanbag round

In this combination of photos taken on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, protesters wear eyepatches during a demonstration at the airport in Hong Kong. Protesters who have occupied Hong Kong International Airport wore bandages over one eye in a sign of solidarity with a comrade reportedly hit with a type of non-lethal ammunition known as a beanbag round

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law. 

The city leader Carrier Lam reiterated her support for the police Tuesday and said they had had to make on-the-spot decisions under difficult circumstances, using ‘the lowest level of force’. 

Beijing has also made ominous declarations, branding the anti-extradition bill’s activists, in their 10th week of protests, ‘mobsters’ and likened them to terrorism. 

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed faced an unprecedented media onslaught at a press conference

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed faced an unprecedented media onslaught at a press conference

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed faced an unprecedented media onslaught at a press conference 

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