Demonstrators dissatisfied with the amendment of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance blocked roads in the vicinity of Kim Jong on Hong Kong Island on December 12, causing riots and violent attacks on the police line, resulting in 80 injuries.
Hong Kong media and people from all walks of life pointed out that the 12-day riots, regardless of their impact, tactics and offensive weapons, were unacceptable to any civilized and rule-of-law society.
The editorial published by Hong Kongs Wen Hui Bao on the 13th day pointed out that the riots were premeditated, organized, planned and tactical enough to show that the struggle of the counter-revision, which was instigated by the opposition in collusion with external forces, was essentially to paralyse Hong Kongs governance and coordinate external efforts to curb Chinas political action, with the aim of shaking the rule of law in Hong Kong, destroying prosperity and stability, and endangering national security and development interests.
The editorial said that the SAR government and all sectors of the society must unite, stand firm and be confident, firmly support the police in fighting violence according to law, restore normal order as soon as possible and firmly complete the routine work.
Hong Kong Fujian Association of Societies, Hong Kong Guangdong Youth Federation, Hainan Hong Kong Association of CPPCC members, Hong Kong Alumni Association of Chinese Universities, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Association of General Managers of Hotels and other groups published advertisements in newspapers on the 13th to strongly condemn acts of violence that ignore the law and discipline, while expressing full support for the strict enforcement of the law by the police.
The rule of law is the cornerstone of Hong Kongs success. Cai Huangling, member of the CPPCC National Committee of Hong Kong, said that Hong Kong is a society ruled by law. All illegal and violent acts must be strongly condemned and pursued to the end so as not to convey the wrong message that people can arbitrarily use illegal and violent street protests to express their demands and strive for their interests.
Xie Xiaohong, chairman of the Hong Kong Youxian Zhihui Foundation, said she was deeply saddened by the violent riots. These acts of violence are unacceptable in any civilized and rule-of-law society. She appealed to young friends to keep calm and rational, never try to do things by themselves, and never regret for life because of impulse.
Up to now, it is no longer just a matter of revision. Tan Huizhu, deputy director of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress, said he hoped that Hong Kong citizens would see that foreign forces wanted Hong Kong to be hit both economically and legally. She appealed to Hong Kong people to remain rational.
Zhu Jiajian, an invited member of the National Hong Kong and Macao Research Association in Hong Kong, said that looking closely at the clues of the riot, external forces were not shallow in their participation. In the face of illegal riots, Hong Kong citizens should support the police force in enforcing the law, eliminating riots according to law and restoring public order and stability in Hong Kong. He looked forward to the adoption of the draft amendment, the re-establishment of law-abiding order in the HKSAR and the safeguarding of the principle of one country, two systems.
People from all walks of life in Hong Kong call for the adoption of amendments as soon as possible to enable Hong Kong to continue to be a profitable city for business and to live and work in peace and contentment.
Hu Xiaoming, deputy to the National Peoples Congress of Hong Kong and former president of the Hong Kong Association of Professional and Senior Administrators, said that the revision of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance was imperative to plug legal loopholes and avoid Hong Kong becoming a fugitive paradise and crime paradise. He called for the adoption of a bill as soon as possible to transfer suspected Taiwanese homicides to Taiwan for legal sanctions, to safeguard social stability in Hong Kong and to jointly fulfil the responsibility of combating cross-border and transnational crimes with the international community.
Wang Huizhen, deputy director of the National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference and chairman of the Kowloon Society Association of Hong Kong, said that the revision of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance was related to social fairness and justice, and that more than 920,000 people supported the real public opinion of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and highlighted the mainstream consensus of the society. Faced with the oppositions violence, the whole society should show strong public opinion in support of the amendment, support the members of the formed faction to persist in deliberating and passing the draft amendment in the Legislative Council, and support the police force to resolutely enforce the law and clear the court.
Wu Qiubei, deputy to the National Peoples Congress of Hong Kong, said that violence could not solve the problem. He hoped that all of us would have enough business and be rational. We should not be instigated by a small group of people with ulterior motives, which would destroy social order and damage economic development.
Source: responsible editor of Xinhua News Agency: Li Wan_B11284