Beijing says HK must investigate 'criminal responsibility of violent offenders'Local | 2 Jul 2019 4:01 pm
Beijing condemned the ransacking of Hong Kong's legislature last night and said it supports Hong Kong authorities to investigate the "criminal responsibility of violent offenders,'' RTHK reports.
The protesters who broke into Legco had vandalized the complex, spray painted anti-Beijing slogans and draped a colonial-era flag inside the Legco chamber.
"These serious illegal actions trample on the rule of law in Hong Kong, undermine Hong Kong's social order and harm the fundamental interests of Hong Kong," the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said in a statement.
"It is a blatant challenge to the 'One Country, Two Systems' bottom line. We express our vehement condemnation against this," the spokesperson said.
The statement said Beijing strongly supports Hong Kong's government and the police.
The central government "also supports the relevant agencies of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to investigate the criminal responsibility of violent offenders in accordance with the law, to restore normal social order as soon as possible, to protect the personal and property safety of the citizens, and to safeguard Hong Kong's prosperity and stability," it said.