Chinese Authority Criticizes Demonstrations in Hong Kong
For weeks in Hong Kong has been protested against the Chinese government – now violent. The responsible Chinese authority calls for the rule of law.
Hong Kong’s main authority in China has, for the first time commented on the current crisis in the Special Administrative Region. The weeks-long clashes between protesters and the police, like the Chinese government, strongly condemned them.
“These terrible incidents have severely damaged the rule of law, public order, the economy and the lives of people in Hong Kong,” said a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Hong Kong Bureau of the State Council, “We are calling people from all walks of life in Hong Kong to speak up against violence and resist it. ”
No civilized society would ever allow such violence, the spokesman said. He called on people in Hong Kong to defend “the rule of law” and not “let a small number of people take on these important values”.
In recent weeks, there were repeated in Hong Kong protest marches against the Chinese government with hundreds of thousands of participants. The trigger for the protests was an extradition law that would have allowed for the first time transfers to mainland China. Hong Kong’s Prime Minister Carrie Lam has declared the law “dead” in the meantime but rejects the demand of the protesters for complete removal of the project from the parliamentary agenda.
Meanwhile, the protests have widened: the demonstrators demand democratic reforms, universal suffrage and the resignation of Lams. The protests are also directed against the police, who are accused of being too harsh.
At weekends there had been violent clashes, in which policemen used tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and pepper spray. After an unauthorized, initially peaceful protest march, the situation escalated when forces forcefully evacuated Yuen Long Station, a suburb of Hong Kong, in the evening. On Sunday, demonstrators had built barricades in several places and thrown firefighters at the task forces. “Down with the evil law” and “Hong Kong, give gas!”, Shouted the protesters, as they pulled despite the ban of the police through the streets. According to authorities, more than 20 people were injured on Saturday, and another eleven were arrested by the police.
An end to the protests is not foreseeable. Demonstrations are also planned for the coming weeks.