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Stopping violence most urgent task in HK: Lam
    2019-08-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHIEF Executive of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said yesterday the most urgent task for Hong Kong now is to stop violence and safeguard the rule of law to prevent Hong Kong from sinking into “an abyss and being smashed to pieces.”

Vandalism spread in Hong Kong during the past week, with railways and cross-harbor tunnels blocked, the airport paralyzed and police stations besieged in various districts, affecting the daily lives of ordinary people, Lam said before the meeting of the Executive Council of the HKSAR.

Lam said some people, in the name of freedom or justice, have in fact been committing vandalism and damaging the rule of law, throwing Hong Kong into a state of panic.

The chief executive expressed anger at the attacks on law enforcement agencies, including the police and even the families of police officers.

If violence persists, it will take a long time to restore the openness, freedom, inclusiveness and economic stability in Hong Kong, and the stable lives of seven million residents cannot continue, Lam said.

“The only thing we need to do now is to resist violence, maintain the rule of law and restore social order. Only when all calms down, will genuine dialogue, fixing the rift and restoring social harmony begin,” Lam said.

On the same day, a spokesperson for the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR denounced some U.S. congressmen for making groundless accusations against the Central and the SAR governments, and urged them to make a clean break from the violent extremists.

It is reported that U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and some others claimed that “Beijing tries to encroach on their [Hong Kong people’s] autonomy and freedom” and that “Any violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable.” The spokesperson of the commissioner’s office replied that the remarks have distorted the truth and made groundless accusations against the Central and the SAR governments, sending out a gravely wrong signal to the violent extremists. China deplores and firmly opposes such allegations, reads a statement on the official website.

A handful of radical protesters in Hong Kong have ramped up extremist and violent actions, and kept assaulting the police in a highly dangerous and brutal manner. Such acts have grossly trampled upon the rule of law and social order of Hong Kong, posed a grave threat to the security of the citizens, seriously challenged Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and tested the red line of “one country, two systems,” said the spokesperson.

The Hong Kong police said Monday that they have arrested 149 people during the series of violent protests over the past few days.

Tang Ping-keung, deputy commissioner of police, said at a press briefing Monday that during the series of protests, radical protesters acted lawlessly and escalated the level of violence, posing threats to people’s safety.

The 149 people, arrested between Aug. 9 and Monday, comprise 111 males and 38 females, aged between 15 and 53. (Xinhua)

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