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Time for people who care about HK to speak out

WITH petrol bombs, brick-firing slingshots, bows, and even airguns, black-clad mobsters have created an atmosphere of terror on the streets of Hong Kong.

Endless and ever-escalat­ing violence has stained the reputation of Hong Kong, long acclaimed for its safety, social order and rule of law.

Such a situation has only laid bare one fact: A small number of radicals are bent on messing up Hong Kong, disregarding the well-being of more than seven million people.

They have deviated from peaceful demonstrations. The attacks on police with ex­tremely dangerous tools were a serious crime and showed initial signs of terrorism.

Police officers were injured, while innocent residents with different views were also harassed, attacked or even beaten.

From vandalizing public properties, disrupting trans­port, to setting fires and causing disturbances, these violent acts are a flagrant trampling on the rule of law in Hong Kong, posing a grave danger to public safety and challenging Hong Kong’s prosperity.

The whole of Hong Kong so­ciety has paid a heavy price for the chaos. The normal life of the public has been se­verely disturbed. The retail, catering and tourism sectors have been widely affected, and the already languished economy has been dealt an even harder blow.

The radicals and their behind-the-scenes string-pul lers have plotted to paralyze the governance of the Hong Kong Special Ad­ministrative Region (HKSAR) and undermine “one country, two systems” for their own political gains.

Prosperity threatened

To this end, they have not hesitated to jeopardize the interests of the Hong Kong people, polarize Hong Kong society, and ruin the futures of young Hong Kong peo­ple who were coerced and incited.

Should social unrest con­tinue, it is very likely many businesses will close, and mass layoffs could occur, threatening the prosperity generations of Hong Kong people have worked so hard to achieve.

Any connivance or support for the mobsters, any appease­ment of them, or sophistry and excuses for them are an insult and defamation of the Hong Kong police force guarding their homeland.

Violence is no solution to social problems. The most pressing and overriding task at present is to stop violence, end the chaos and restore order.

This is the top priority concerning Hong Kong’s fu­ture and the interests of its residents.

At this critical juncture for Hong Kong’s future, it is an imperative duty for all people who care about Hong Kong to step forward to speak out against violent radicals and support the HKSAR gov­ernment in stabilizing the situation.


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