A wave of anger in Australia after the publication of pictures of the violations of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan
The Guardian newspaper published in its Australian version a picture of Australian soldiers drinking beer from the prosthetic leg of one of the dead in Afghanistan in an illegal bar, before that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the appointment of a special investigator to investigate allegations of his country's army committing war crimes in Afghanistan,
According to the Guardian newspaper, the photo belongs to an Australian soldier while he is still in service in the Australian army. It was taken in 2009 in a bar set up at the Australian forces base in Uruzgan state.
Another picture was published of two Australian soldiers dancing with the prosthetic leg, which belongs to one of the dead, and indicated that there are high-ranking officers who tolerated these violations and that some of them participated in it.
Judge Paul Breriton had recommended investigations with 19 soldiers to find out their responsibility for the killing of 39 prisoners and civilians, and their brutal treatment of two others.
The report also reached information described as "reliable", according to which 25 individuals currently or previously serving in the ranks of the Australian Defense Force in Afghanistan have been involved in serious crimes, or were accomplices at the very least.
The publication of the "shocking image" of the prosthetic leg came after the Australian Prime Minister condemned, on Monday, a tweet he described as "disgraceful" by a Chinese government spokesman, and asked Beijing to make an official apology for it.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian released a representative photo showing a man in an Australian military uniform placing a bloodied knife on the neck of an Afghan child.
Morrison considered the tweet posted on an official government account, and thousands of people interacted with it within hours, a "disgraceful and disgusting insult" to the Australian armed forces, and he asked Twitter to delete it.
He added: "It is a disgrace, and it cannot be justified in any way. The Chinese government should be ashamed of this tweet," considering that "it does not increase its value in the eyes of the whole world," according to "France Press".
China responded through a statement from its embassy in Canberra, stating: "The anger of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but a wrong interpretation and an exaggerated reaction to Mr. Zhao's tweet."
The embassy confirmed that the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade called Ambassador Cheng Jingyi on Monday to file a complaint about the post, adding that Cheng "refuted the unjustified accusations and described them as totally unacceptable."
She added that Australia seeks to "inflame local nationalist sentiments and distract the public from the horrific atrocities committed by some Australian soldiers."