Amid the Chinese communist government’s violent backlash against pro-democratic demonstrators in Hong Kong, Chinese Kung Fu star Jackie Chan declared his devout loyalty to the Communist Party.
Chan, who has reportedly received backlash in Hong Kong for his pro-Beijing views, explained in an interview with China’s state broadcaster CCTV that the “recent events in Hong Kong” broke his heart.”
Mass protests erupted in Hong Kong in June over a proposed extradition law that would permit Hong Kong citizens accused of criminal acts to be extradited to mainland China to face trial.
Protesters demanded the law to be scrapped immediately. While the government has since suspended the bill, the protests have evolved into a broad backlash against the city government and its political masters in Beijing over the past 10 weeks, with many calling for full autonomy from communist China, universal suffrage and democratic reforms.
Demonstrators are also demanding an independent investigation into police brutality and misconduct, as Beijing brands the anti-extradition bill’s activists “mobsters” and “terrorists.”
Chan is urging the public to support safeguarding Chinese sovereignty and touting a campaign run by the Chinese state media encouraging citizens to celebrate the communist country’s flag.
“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,” he said. “On the other hand, I hoped to express our collective voice through participating in such a campaign.”
Demonstrators in Hong Kong have been officially warned that troops will fire upon them, via a video posted to the official social media account of the People’s Liberation Army portraying PLA troops shooting at rioters.
Chan is calling on the demonstrators to put aside their grievances in the name of patriotism.
“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,” the 65-year-old Hollywood celebrity said.
“Hong Kong is my birthplace and my hometown,” he continued. “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.”
Beijing’s latest response to protesters came as a grave threat issued Tuesday morning through state-run media, warning Hong Kong citizens are “asking for self-destruction,” according to CNBC.
Dozens of Chinese military vehicles rolled into Shenzhen, a city less than 20 miles outside of Hong Kong on Monday .
President Trump reacted to the situation in Hong Kong on Tuesday, telling reporters, “we’ll see what happens.”