Don't radicalize the young: Lam

Top News | Phoenix Un 12 Jun 2019

Schools, parents and unions should consider carefully the impact on youngsters if they are planning to encourage them into radical action, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says.

Her comment came with more sectors joining calls for strikes and class boycotts starting from today to fight the resumption of the second reading of the fugitive law amendment in the Legislative Council.

Lam, asked about planned "strikes" as she headed to an Executive Council meeting yesterday, compared the looming situation to the buildup to clashes after Sunday's million-strong protest march.

"No civilized society would like to see people pushing youngsters to the front line to make radical moves for an important policy and legal issue," Lam said.

"So I urge people to seriously consider what good you do to Hong Kong and youngsters by inciting radical moves, no matter whether you are schools, parents, organizations, enterprises or trade unions."

Her administration had issued a statement within an hour of the mass march ending that the second reading of the amendment to the fugitive bill would be resuming today as scheduled.

It was after that several hundred protesters started to gather at the Legislative Council building and attempted to occupy some roads, which led to clashes with police.

Lam also said that court judgments from the past showed there were legal consequences to radical moves.

"Nobody would like to see young people's prospects affected by politicized incidents," Lam said, and "as a chief executive and mother of two children I really don't want that to happen."

She also repeated the lines that she had listened to society and thus made major changes to the amendment bill, including adjustments announced by Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu on May 30.

On those, Lam said the threshold for extradition being crimes punishable with at least three to seven years imprisonment would be written into the law.

And before the chief executive triggers an extradition process by accepting another jurisdiction's request for a fugitive to be extradited, Hong Kong will require the requesting party to guarantee a long list of human rights protections that will resemble very closely clauses in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Lam said.

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