Liaison office 'will not waver against thugs'

Top News | Cindy Wan 23 Jul 2019

Beijing's top man in Hong Kong says the liaison office will stand steadfastly with the city as he slams protesters for openly challenging the country's sovereignty and the rule of law.

Director Wang Zhimin said he was angry and shocked that a small number of thugs had thrown eggs and ink at the national emblem and wrote graffiti against the country during a siege of the office in Sai Ying Pun on Sunday.

"Just as all other sectors of Hong Kong society, the liaison office condemns the incident in the strongest tone," Wang said outside the vandalized complex yesterday.

The vandalized national emblem was replaced by a new one after midnight - a move to show the office was standing steadfast in Hong Kong, he said.

He vowed the office would fulfill its duties as per central government orders and support the SAR government, police and enforcement agencies to maintain "social order and punish the thugs who broke the law as well as return Hong Kong's tranquility."

Wang said the radical protests in recent days were far from peaceful and destroyed the rule of law, adding that targeting the office was a public challenge to the national constitution, the Basic Law and the authority of the central government.

The actions had also damaged Hong Kong people's fundamental well-being and interests and had hurt the feelings of the entire population of China, he said.

Meanwhile, the deputy director of the Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said: "The country supports the SAR to take all necessary action to protect the central government's organizations in Hong Kong and safeguard the rule of law."

He reiterated China opposes foreign forces interfering in Hong Kong's domestic affairs. Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa said he is disheartened and angry to see the national emblem vandalized.

Tung, a vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said a small group of people took advantage of society's tolerance and wrecked Hong Kong's economy and order while damaging the relationship between the city and the mainland.

A member of the National People's Congress, Stanley Ng Chau-pei, said targeting the office was "an act that advocates Hong Kong independence."

He added: "The national emblem is the symbol of the country and the liaison office represents the Chinese central government.

"Therefore, the actions have publicly challenged the country's sovereignty. It's extremely dangerous and totally unacceptable."

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