Amid protests against police brutality and threats to unleash the military on US citizens, Mike Pompeo accused China of denying citizens a voice over its refusal to permit a vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Police in Hong Kong denied permission for organizers, for the first time in 30 years, to hold the annual vigil, citing worries over the Covid-19 virus.

In a Tuesday tweet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “Beijing’s intent” was clearly “to deny Hong Kongers a voice and a choice.” The top US diplomat is set to meet with Tiananmen Square survivors at the Department of State on Tuesday afternoon, according to his public schedule.

Pompeo’s ironic commentary on human rights in Hong Kong came a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to totally “dominate” protest movements and riots sparked by the brutal police killing of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Recent days have seen police officers in the US plow vehicles into groups of peaceful protesters as violence rages across numerous cities. Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters gathered outside the White House on Monday evening. Meanwhile, police in Virginia were filmed firing tear gas at kneeling protesters minutes before a city curfew went into effect on Monday.

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Trump complained yesterday that states had not yet used enough violence to quell the civil unrest. In his speech on Monday, the US president threatened to unleash the US military on citizens.

Unsurprisingly, Pompeo’s tweet about denial of rights in Hong Kong was met with instant cries of “hypocrisy” on social media.

“Maybe if the US gave protestors the right of free assembly we would have a better case to make with other countries,” one person wrote. “Irony is dead,”said another. (RT)