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Beijing chastises HK testing critics for 'vile acts'

2020-08-30 HKT 20:07
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  • Beijing officials say opponents of Hong Kong's mass coronavirus testing programme have shown their 'cold-blooded and ugly side'. Image: Shutterstock
    Beijing officials say opponents of Hong Kong's mass coronavirus testing programme have shown their 'cold-blooded and ugly side'. Image: Shutterstock
The central government's office in charge of Hong Kong affairs, as well as Beijing's liaison office in the SAR, on Sunday berated critics of the upcoming universal coronavirus testing scheme.

A Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office spokesperson said "anti-China radicals" have smeared the mainland's efforts to help the SAR in its fight against Covid-19 through acts it described as "vile" and a "disregard" of people's safety and health.

The office said a "small group of people with ulterior motives", who couldn't tell chalk from cheese, have alleged there has been collusion over the mass testing programme.

It claimed that some people in control of district councils have tried to block both the testing scheme and a health code system, in what it described as "a re-enactment of the ugly scenes of rumour-mongering" witnessed during the anti-extradition movement.

A liaison office spokesperson, meanwhile, said the "smearing" of the mainland's assistance to Hong Kong was "despicable."

The office accused critics of "politicising" anti-epidemic issues.

It also people with ulterior motives have further revealed their "cold-blooded and ugly side", as it claimed that some volunteers promoting the universal testing programme had been attacked.

The office said the public can tell right from wrong and won't be misguided.