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Riots prove why national security law is necessary

Once again a scene of indefensible, horrific violence has unfolded on the streets of Hong Kong in broad daylight.

The innocent victim this time was a young woman who, after being brutally knocked down, was dragged along the ground and viciously punched and kicked by a group of black-clad men and women wearing face masks.

She was barbarically beaten by the so-called “freedom fighters” because she was trying to clear the barricades blocking the road to let the cars get through, video footage that emerged online showed.

On the same day, a 41-year-old man, identified afterward as a lawyer, was assaulted and chased down the street by a mob for complaining about their unlawful behavior. While he was being savagely beaten up, a group of rioters opened umbrellas to cover the gruesome assault.

The violent acts, abhorrent in any civil society, happened on Sunday in Hong Kong after China’s top legislature announced a draft decision to introduce national security legislation for the city. Masked radicals flocked to the streets on Hong Kong Island, blocking roads, dismantling railings, trashing shops and setting fires.

Attacks and smears

Not surprisingly, none of those atrocities and law-breaking activities caught the attention of politicians in Washington, whose sole interest lies in blaming, attacking and smearing China.

In one of the most shocking remarks made by a US politician, congressman Scott Perry introduced a so-called “Hong Kong Freedom Act,” which, he explained, “authorizes the President of the United States to recognize Hong Kong as a separate, independent country.”

Absurd and ignorant as the remarks are, such reactions of Perry and the like, undoubtedly, further embolden the rioters and their hidden handlers in Hong Kong.

The collusion between the two sides, ironically, perfectly highlights why China indeed needs the national security legislation in Hong Kong.

Under the “one country, two systems” policy, Hong Kong, as a special administrative region of China, has a high degree of autonomy and retains its own capitalist system and lifestyle.

However, first and foremost, Hong Kong is part of China and is under the overall jurisdiction of the Chinese central government.

Every country has a right and a duty to protect its national security.

To suggest that China does not have the same right to legislate to protect national security in Hong Kong shows a double standard and hypocrisy.


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