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Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 15:53

Justice secy warns against violence

By Shadow Li/

 Justice secy warns against violence
Hong Kong's Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen delivers a speech at Chatham House in central London, on Oct 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL)
Justice secy warns against violence

A broken window of the government headquarters building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Nov 19, 2014. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung condemned the protesters who broke into the Legislative Council complex early Wednesday morning, shattering a glass door and damaging several steel barricades and waste bins to make their entry.

"Police and the Department of Justice will enforce the law sternly. We will not allow such illegal or criminal behavior to continue to jeopardise the rule of law in Hong Kong,” said Yuen.

Yuen’s strong condemnation came after a dozen of masked protesters violently clashed at the legislature at 1 am, using the steel barricades and bricks to smash through a glass door. The riot squad sprayed pepper and charged batons. The attackers dispersed after six arrests had been made.

"Hong Kong society is law abiding. Whatever issues you may have, political or otherwise, I believe that most Hong Kong people wouldn’t want to see this kind of violence happen. I hope the protesters do not resort to violence in pressing their demands,” Yuen said, making it clear that the troublemakers would not be able to get away.

Meanwhile, President of the Legislative Council Jasper Tsang Yok-sing strongly condemned the violence, stressing interference with legislative business could constitute criminal offence. The assembly, originally scheduled for Wednesday and cancelled following early morning violence, will resume on Thursday.

Three officers were injured during the riot. Fingerprints, glass shards and bricks were collected by police for investigation at noon.

Pro-establishment legislators issued a joint statement condemning the violent mobs who broke into the LegCo building. The 41 LegCo members strongly denounced the conduct and requested police to arrest those who had broken the law.

They also called the organizers to immediately stop the "occupation" and called for an injunction on sit-ins outside the complex.

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