Violence should never be glorified, says Wang

Top News | Phoenix Un and Cindy Wan 12 Jul 2019

Mass peaceful protests show a civilized Hong Kong, but violent actions should not be glorified, says director of the Liaison Office, Wang Zhimin.

Wang- commenting for the first time since the fugitive bill protests started - spoke at a ceremony that launched a committee coordinating this year's National Day celebrations.

Beijing's top man in Hong Kong, who also voiced support for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and the police force, said stability and the rule of law in Hong Kong should be treasured.

"Over the past few months, there have been large-scale protests during the fugitive bill controversy. Most of the protesters expressed their opinions rationally, reflecting the civilized culture of Hong Kong," he said.

"However, there were also onslaughts of violence, especially when some extremists stormed the Legco building and savagely destroyed the facilities. It shocked and pained all nationals and the whole world."

Wang added that indulging law-breaking behavior and glorifying violence would be an open challenge to Hong Kong's rule of law.

He reiterated Beijing's support for Lam's governance and the local police force in carrying out their duties.

Wang said Hongkongers should give the government time and space to unite and move forward.

He hit out at external forces that were openly interfering with the city's internal affairs, "while a very small minority of Hongkongers made use of external forces to cause chaos in Hong Kong and benefit from it."

Wang's remarks came after the Liaison Office was indicated as the next target of protesters.

A Hong Kong Island West and Tseung Kwan O rally is planned on July 28, with stops at Western police station and the Liaison Office in Western.

Tomorrow, a march against parallel trading will take place in Sheung Shui.

And an anti-fugitive bill protest is set for Sha Tin on Sunday.

Seven journalist unions will also march in Admiralty toward the Office of the Chief Executive against police brutality targeting journalists.

Civil Human Rights Front is mulling over action for July 21, but details have not been confirmed.

Yesterday, a netizen suggested to surround the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Building in Central.

But his idea was soon shot down by other web users who said they "do not want to be killed by soldiers."

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