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    K-Pop Star Siwon of Super Junior Under Fire From Chinese Fans for ‘Supporting Hong Kong’

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    The protests in the semi-autonomous region are seen by Beijing as a direct result of foreign interference in China's domestic affairs, with the central government expressing full support for the local authorities' actions.

    The member of the K-Pop boy band Super Junior Siwon (real name Choi Si-won) has came under fire from his Chinese fans after the artist liked a tweet of a South Korean news outlet with a link to a translated interview with Hong Kong protester Patrick Chow, South China Morning Post reports.

    Chinese fans have accused the singer of supporting Hong Kong’s independence, while mainland China is committed to the ‘one country, two systems’ principle of governing the city.

    Later, Siwon officially apologized through his Weibo page (Chinese version of Twitter). “I saw what happened on Twitter caused some problems. As for my actions, I would like to express my wish that the violence and chaos can come to a peaceful end as soon as possible,” he wrote as cited by South China Morning Post.

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    Chinese ELF (the official name of Super Junior’s fandom), however, has stated on social networks that they would boycott Siwon’s activities in China and his participation in the group’s upcoming concert in Macau.

    Fans from other countries have defended their favourite idol.

    ​Choi Si-won is a South Korean singer, model, and actor, and a member of the famous K-Pop band Super Junior. He has also been an ambassador of UNICEF in South Korea since 2010 and has joined enormous campaigns.

    Large-scale protests, triggered by a now-withdrawn controversial extradition bill, have continued in Hong Kong since early June, with the police having detained nearly 4,500 people since then. Over 1,500 people have been hospitalized after sustaining wounds in clashes, and over 400 police officers have been injured. While fewer people are now taking to the streets, the protests remain violent, and the demonstrators have expanded their demands for the government.

    Tensions have escalated over the past week as a violent standoff at Hong Kong Polytechnic University between students and law enforcement continues to unfold.

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