A state-controlled newspaper in China seemed to avoid coverage of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong with a strange tweet promoting “anal security checks” for thousands of pigeons, Vox reported on Tuesday.
The People’s Daily said on Twitter that 10,000 pigeons were inspected in advance of the celebration of National Day on Wednesday, as seen here:
10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects Tue, ready to be released on National Day on Wed pic.twitter.com/HitEpLMv8o
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 30, 2014
The pigeon-related post was the most outlandish example of the paper’s failure to acknowledge the thousands of protesters in downtown Hong Kong calling for democracy.
“We have spent more than a week under the sun, under pepper spray, we of course can stand the rain. Nothing can stop us,” one protester told Agence France-Presse.