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Safeguarding rule of law in Hong Kong is main priority

On Sunday evening, some radical demonstrators besieged and stormed the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, defaced the national emblem and painted insulting words on the wall.

Such vicious acts have seriously trampled on the rule of law in Hong Kong, blatantly challenged the authority of the central government and touched the bottom line of the principle of “one country, two systems.”

Earlier, violent protestors stormed the Legislative Council Complex in the HKSAR, surrounded the police headquarters and attacked police officers.

The protestors’ behavior has gone far beyond a peaceful demonstration.

HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam has strongly condemned the violence. “Let me make this clear,” she said. “Violence is not a solution to any problem, violence will only breed more violence.”

Fundamental interests

The escalating incidents have revealed an attempt by mobs and the forces behind them to paralyze the HKSAR government, undermine the principle of “one country, two systems,” wrest power over the region and impede China’s development by throwing Hong Kong into disorder.

Such acts are unacceptable to the central government, as they have threatened national sovereignty and challenged the central government’s authority.

Such violent acts have also damaged the fundamental interests of Hong Kong society. They will not be accepted by those who care about the region’s future, either. On July 20, more than 300,000 Hong Kong residents rallied to voice support for the police, expressing their confidence and commitment to maintaining social order in accordance with the law.

Only by safeguarding social order can Hong Kong maintain its competitive edge and its long-term prosperity.

Necessary measures should be taken in accordance with the law to ensure the safety of central government departments based in Hong Kong, safeguard the rule of law and punish criminals.

Hong Kong people should clearly recognize the nature and harm of the violent protests and stay committed to the principle of “one country, two systems” and the rule of law.

Under the support of the central government and Hong Kong residents, the HKSAR government will surely restore social order.


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