Young people as political pawns, Chris Tang Ping-keung saysLocal | 6 Jun 2020 4:57 pm
Police chief Chris Tang Ping-keung described young people arrested during the social unrest as “victims” who are used as political pawns.
Speaking at a seminar held by the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), Tang said some people, whom he did not identify, have taken advantage of young people to achieve their political purposes.
“Some people used fake news and disinformation to inculcate anti-police sentiments,” said Tang, who added that violence had been “romanticized” and “made heroically”.
The police commissioner blasted these unidentified people for sacrificing other people's children instead of their own to serve as “political offering”.
He added it was heart-wrenching to see kind young people turned into “vengeful demons”.
About 40 percent of the more than 8,000 people arrested amid the anti-extradition protest are students, according to Tang, who thinks some people are spreading ideas to break the law to young people.
He stressed the force would continue to charge and arrest people who broke the laws once officers have gathered enough evidence.
But he said some young people who are involved in less serious crimes may not be prosecuted if they have shown remorse or admitted they had been exploited. The authorities might consider other ways of dealing with these cases, such as administering a caution under the Police Superintendent's Discretion Scheme.