Teresa Cheng says protests morphed into 'plain violence'Local | 21 Nov 2019 12:02 pm
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, said today that protests in Hong Kong have “nothing to do” with the controversial extradition bill introduced – and later withdrawn – by the government, and those taking part are only in it for the violence, RTHK reports.
Cheng was speaking to the media after a meeting in London with the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming.
"The current situation in Hong Kong has nothing to do with the Fugitives Offenders Bill. It is, if I may say, plain violence. And therefore, it is important that we do not relate one to another. This has moved into another stage that has to be dealt with," she said.
She said the Hong Kong government has been pragmatic when dealing with the situation, deploying police to restore law and order, while also reaching out to people from various sectors to understand their concerns.
"This sort of dialogue's become a very useful platform for us to build our future development in Hong Kong once the violence and disruption is put to a stop," she said.
Cheng refused to comment on the case of a former worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong who claims he was tortured in Shenzhen in the summer.
She said she would advise him to make a report to the mainland authorities, just like she had reported an "attack" on her by protesters in London last week.
Cheng, who had fallen after being surrounded by a crowd of protesters, said she suffered dislocated and fractured bones in her left wrist.
She said the incident exposed the "evil desire" of Hong Kong protesters to achieve their goals using violence.
Cheng was to have returned to Hong Kong oon Monday, but the government says she is staying in Britain to receive treatment for her wrist injury, adding that she will be working while she is in London.