Communist China used state loyal, partisan media to slander and attack organizers of freedom protests in Hong Kong. This despicable practice is perpetrated by traitorous ideologically slanted media companies and journalists in order to prevent citizens from peacefully protesting against their governments. Shaming techniques, slandering tactics via assignment of nasty labels, presenting protestors and their organizers as threats to public safety, inevitably escalating to the point where the state can justify fining said organizers, and ultimately criminalizing behaviour practically everyone would have deemed fundamental in a healthy democracy just a few months earlier.
This is how democracy and freedom dies. This is how freedoms and liberties are stripped from society. When presented in the best interests of public safety, apparently the masses are eagerly willing to throw away rights and freedoms they would have once been willing to fight and die to protect.