The special administrative region government and Hong Kong society strongly condemned the outrageous violence in Wan Chai and Admiralty on Monday, during which protesters charged police lines protecting the flag-raising ceremony for the 22nd anniversary of the HKSAR in the morning, and then stormed the Legislative Council Complex in the afternoon and evening. More than a dozen police officers were injured. These actions were brazen challenges to government authority and the city’s rule of law.
The morning’s anniversary ceremony served as a reminder that Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity of the past 22 years was a result of the successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle. Anybody who wishes Hong Kong lasting prosperity would not want to sabotage an event celebrating the city’s success.
After failing to disrupt the ceremony, the protesters moved on to the LegCo Complex nearby, trying to break down the building’s glass walls and doors with metal rods and carts. They were able to barge into the building in the evening and inflicted extensive damage to its interior. Graffiti was sprayed on the walls and even the SAR emblem was vandalized.
Together with the two sieges of the Wan Chai police headquarters over the past two weeks, the attacks on the city’s seat of power were obvious attempts to undermine the authority of the SAR government as well as Hong Kong’s rule of law — a core value that Hong Kong residents hold dear and a cornerstone of the city’s success.
The intention of these violent actions could only be evil and not to exercise freedom of speech or assembly, as there was a public procession on the same day through which all residents could express their views in a peaceful manner.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor promised in the anniversary ceremony that she would reform her style of governance and listen more to the people. But people’s views should be expressed through lawful means instead of attacks on police and our legislature. The SAR government has already suspended the extradition law amendments, but anti-amendment forces want it to be scrapped and rioters not to be prosecuted. They also want police officers maintaining law and order to be investigated.
If the government were to give in to their demands, which it should not, the anti-amendment forces would come up with more demands, rendering the government, the legislature and even the police force unable to operate. Hong Kong would be thrown into chaos. That is probably what some people want, but definitely not those who love Hong Kong.
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