Twitter Wants to #BoycottMulan After Actress Liu Yifei Posts Support for Hong Kong Police

“Mulan” star Liu Yifei has come under fire after allegedly expressing support for the Hong Kong police, whom activists accuse of using excessive force to quell ongoing protests.

This week, officers and demonstrators clashed at the Hong Kong International Airport and various other locations, resulting in what some describe as unprecedented violence in the semi-autonomous region.

 

In a new Weibo post, Liu shared a text photo from the Chinese state-run People’s Daily, which reads, “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now” and “What a shame for Hong Kong.”

The Chinese American actress also used the hashtag “#IalsosupportHongKongpolice,” according to Newsweek.

“Mulan” star Liu Yifei has come under fire after expressing support for the Hong Kong police, whom activists accuse of using excessive force to quell ongoing protests.
Image via Weibo / @liuyifeiofficial

The protests, which began in late March but escalated in June, has evolved from opposition of a controversial extradition bill to a direct challenge against the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Without immediate leaders or structure, activists participate independently or in small groups, making the movement difficult for authorities to target, according to Reuters.

Officers defended their use of force in what they described as violent and criminal behavior, adding that with 30,000 in uniform, they have the city well under control.

“If they don’t use violence, we don’t use force,” a senior police officer told CNN.

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As it turned out, international social media users are displeased with Liu’s support of the Hong Kong police, initiating the hashtag #BoycottMulan on Twitter.

One even called out Disney, writing, “Why does your company support a Chinese actress who openly supports a suppressive regime?”

Featured Images via YouTube / Walt Disney Studios (Left) and Weibo / @liuyifeiofficial (Right)

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