In response to the American media’s narrative that President Trump and his administration are “racists,” protesters lined up in Hong Kong prior to a scheduled speech by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
More than a dozen protesters stood outside the harbourfront Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong where Bannon was preparing to speak during a closed-door investors’ forum hosted by CLSA, a subsidiary of state-backed CITIC Securities.
The protesters flashed rooster-shaped cardboard cut-outs, capped with Trump’s hairstyle and labeled “toxic nationalist,” and shouted out phrases, such as, “No Bannon, no racism!” They also held up a black banner that announced, “Nazis are not welcome here,” according to a Reuters report.
Bannon’s remarks were closed to the press, according to a CLSA spokeswoman, who stated via email, “We reserve the right to open or close sessions as we see fit.”
According to the spokeswoman, “The CLSA Investors’ Forum provides an agnostic platform for diverse views and opinions from people who influence policy, economies and markets. Mr. Bannon is one of these, hence our decision to invite him.”
Bannon left his White House position last month and returned to his former role at Breitbart News as its executive chairman.
In a recent interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Bannon offered blunt criticism of some of his former White House colleagues, GOP leaders, the Catholic Church and Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
“Nazis are not welcome here!” Anti-racism activists in Hong Kong protest against the arrival of ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon pic.twitter.com/QoajpiyQx0
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 12, 2017
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