he Chinese government has attacked Australia over war crimes allegations against SAS troops with a fake image showing an Aussie soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted the computer-generated image on Twitter on Monday, writing: ‘Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, and call for holding them accountable.’
Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, posted the graphic image showing a smiling soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of a veiled child, who is holding a lamb.
On Monday, Zhao wrote alongside the image: “Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable.”
Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable. pic.twitter.com/GYOaucoL5D
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) November 30, 2020
While as, Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison slammed the ‘repugnant’ post and said he has asked China and Twitter to remove it.
‘The Chinese government should be totally ashamed of this post. It diminishes them in the world’s eyes,’ he said in a virtual press conference.
It comes after a report by the Australian military found “credible evidence” of the allegedly unlawful killing of 19 Afghan civilians by the country’s special forces.
The report, which comes after a four-year inquiry, recommended that 19 soldiers be referred to federal police for criminal investigations.
Among the people allegedly killed were prisoners, farmers, female civilians, and two 14-year-old boys whose throats were reportedly slit because they were suspected of being Taliban sympathisers.