Hong Kong activists slammed a report by state China Daily newspaper, accusing the angry protestors of planning “massive terror attacks,” and they called off protests on Wednesday September 11th, Reuters reported.
"In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on September 11th, apart from potential singing and chanting," protesters said in a statement, referring to the series of terrorist attacks against the United States in 2001.
The Hong Kong edition of the China Daily warned against the alleged terror attacks planned by Hong Kong civilians, who have been protesting for months in the wake of planned legislation allowing extraditions to China, saying that the attacks include “blowing up gas pipes in Hong Kong on September 11th.
"The 9/11 terror plot also encourages indiscriminate attacks on non-native speakers of Cantonese and starting mountain fires.
"Leaked information was part of the strategy being schemed by radical protesters in their online chat rooms,” according to the post on the China Daily Facebook page.
Lacking proof, a protestor criticised the report saying the “state media doesn’t care about its credibility. Whenever (they like) something they claim to have heard on WhatsApp or (from) friends’ friends, they will spread it right away.
"We don’t even need to do a fact check to know that this is fake news," he said.
"When they try to frame the whole protest with those words, it alarms me," another protester said. "They are predicting rather than reporting. I think people calling it off today is a nice move."