Protesters clog the departure area of Hong Kong International Airport in the evening of Aug 13, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
BEIJING - A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on Wednesday voiced strong indignation and condemnation over violent acts targeting mainland residents at the Hong Kong International Airport Tuesday night.
Xu Luying, the spokesperson, expressed support for the Hong Kong police to arrest the mobsters concerned in accordance with the law.
On Tuesday night, the radicals assaulted a Global Times reporter and a Shenzhen resident who they claimed was an undercover police officer from the mainland. The duo were later taken to hospitals for treatment.
We condemn in the strongest terms this almost terrorist act and extend deep sympathy to the injured mainland compatriots and Hong Kong police officer
Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council
Violent protesters illegally detained a Shenzhen resident, who was at the airport to see his friends off. They tied him up, aimed laser beams at his eyes and beat him, putting him in a coma. They also blocked paramedics from taking him to hospital. With the help of the police, it took nearly four hours for the man to be rescued. Violent radicals also assaulted a police officer and robbed the officer of a police baton.
Hours later, violent radicals tied up and assaulted a Global Times reporter surnamed Fu.
"We condemn in the strongest terms this almost terrorist act and extend deep sympathy to the injured mainland compatriots and Hong Kong police officer," the spokesperson said.
"Recent days have seen that the violent radicals in Hong Kong completely crossed the bottom line of law, morality and humanity, and flagrantly committed severe violent crimes, which are shocking and chilling," she said.
Their acts show extreme contempt for the rule of law and have seriously damaged Hong Kong's international image and hurt the feeling of mainland compatriots, the spokesperson said.
"Such violent crimes must be severely punished in accordance with the law," she said. "We firmly support the Hong Kong police force and judicial organs in enforcing the law resolutely, administering justice strictly and bringing criminals to justice as soon as possible."
A man accused by rioters of being an undercover police officer appears to be unconscious after being beaten up and denied access to medical attention at Hong Kong International Airport in the night on Aug 13, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region expressed similar sentiments in a statement issued on Wednesday.
This time the protesters have torn down their deceptive masks of 'peace, rationality and non-violence'
The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR
The office said the brutal attacks on the reporter insulted the media sector and seriously infringed press freedom.
"The atrocity has totally gone beyond the bottom line of a civilized society, which is no different from terrorists' acts," the Liaison Office said in the statement.
In addition, the office pointed out the protesters' acts, including paralyzing operations of the airport and harassing passengers of various nationalities and ages severely hurt others' rights and damaged Hong Kong's international reputation.
"This time the protesters have torn down their deceptive masks of 'peace, rationality and non-violence'", the statement reads.
The Liaison Office also pledged to continue to assist relevant authorities in safeguarding the personal safety and legitimate rights of mainland residents in Hong Kong.
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