|Beijing continues to brand the Umbrella Movement as a colour revolution|
It's not the first time a senior official has pronounced this, as former deputy director of Beijing's Hong Kong ad Macau Affairs Office Chen Zuoer also said something similar back in October, but Sun is the first from the military to say something disparaging about the protests.
When he was talking about subversion campaigns by foreign forces, Sun said:
Hostile forces have always attempted to make Hong Kong the bridgehead for subverting and infiltrating mainland China. The illegal Occupy Central activities in 2014 came as minority radical groups in Hong Kong, under the instigation and support of external forces... orchestrated a Hong Kong version of a colour revolution.
His words are so predictable that it's no wonder that Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying kept on his refrain about external forces interfering in the city. He obviously got those key words from someone in Beijing.
Except that "external forces" could not be farther from the truth.
The peaceful protests were about social problems in the city that the Hong Kong government (and Chinese government) have not resolved properly, especially since the handover. It's about skyrocketing housing prices, freedom of speech and press, about one person, one vote that was promised by China, and the ever-widening wealth gap.
Trying to deflect the root cause of the problems makes Beijing look even more cowardly and in denial of the real situation. However, for the most part that's what it's been doing for decades, and has gotten away with it for this long...