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Why Hong Kong needs to resolve the protest fast if not the HK economy will suffer and every citizen will regret the damage done
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the police have been under immense pressure from anti-extradition bill protesters, and have spent a great deal of effort in upholding the rule of law in the Special Administrative Region, according to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO).
South China Morning Post reported HKMAO spokesperson Yang Guang as saying in a press conference on Mon (29 Jul) that Beijing thus “supports the relevant departments and police to protect the rule of law”, adding that the “one country, two systems” concept should involve “no harm to national security, no challenge to the central government’s authority and the Basic Law, and no using Hong Kong as a base to undermine China”.
Yang also, on behalf of the Office, criticised “irresponsible remarks” made by individuals from “Western countries”, which Beijing believes have fanned anti-China sentiments among Hongkongers protesting the mainland’s perceived tightening grip on the city.
“They have weird logic: they expect empathy for violent and illegal actions, but when it comes to police work in maintaining law and order and stability in society, protesters believe officers should be held accountable and be condemned. This is ridiculous,” he said.
The press conference on Monday by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, the first by Beijing’s top policy office on Hong Kong since the handover, suggested top leaders had arrived at a view and formulated a response to the deadlock.
Civil Human Rights Front’s Jimmy Shum told CNN that the press conference was “disappointing”, and that the Office had missed the opportunity to employ its “power” to “dismiss” Lam or to urge her to resign.
“The press conference wasted Hong Kong people 40 minutes of their time,” he said.
Senior journalism lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University Bruce Lui told BBC News: “Beijing is repeating what it has said before. It condemns violence, supports Carrie Lam and Hong Kong police … But when asked about the deployment of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops, the spokesperson showed a rather distant attitude.”
While PLA troops are stationed in Hong Kong, they are rarely expected to intervene in the city’s issues unless the Hong Kong government requires its help to restore public order or to help carry out disaster relief.
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