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Siege of liaison office absolutely unacceptable: Central authorities

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-07-22 03:08
A boy holds a placard that reads "Safeguard the Rule of Law" and "Say No to Violence" during a peaceful rally at Tamar Park, Hong Kong, July 20, 2019. [CHINA DAILY]

Central authorities responsible for Hong Kong affairs have sternly denounced radical protesters who besieged and vandalized the liaison office — one of the three central government institutions in the special administrative region, saying such acts are "absolutely unacceptable".

In a statement issued late Sunday night, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office (HKMAO) of the State Council said these violent acts are a blatant challenge to the central government's authority over the SAR, and have trampled on "one country, two systems".

Radical protesters had earlier veered off from a generally peaceful public procession on Hong Kong Island on Sunday afternoon against the now-suspended extradition amendment bill, and headed for the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR in Sai Wan.

Protesters erected makeshift roadblocks using metal barricades in front of the liaison office, hurled eggs at the building and sprayed paint on CCTV cameras.

The national emblem mounted at the office entrance was also defaced with black liquid, and graffiti with vulgar language were painted on the outer wall.

Given the serious nature of the matter and the adverse effect it has on the city, the HKMAO said such acts are totally unacceptable and should be handled in a timely manner by Hong Kong law enforcers.

It also pledged strong support for the SAR government in taking all necessary means to protect the central government's institutions in Hong Kong, as well as the city's law and order.

The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR also issued a statement expressing its strong indignation and condemnation of such radical behavior.

Such acts have not only violated Hong Kong's Basic Law and other local regulations, but also severely challenged the bottom line of "one country, two systems" and the central government's authority over the SAR, a liaison office spokesperson said.

The central government's institutions are not to be challenged as they perform their duties in strict accordance with the Constitution, Hong Kong's Basic Law and with the authorization of the central government, the spokesperson stressed.

Hong Kong people should see clearly the violence done by the radical protesters and stand firm in safeguarding the rule of law, and "one country, two systems", the spokesperson said.

The three central government's institutions in the HKSAR are the liaison office, the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison and the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR.

The HKSAR government issued a statement on the same day, voicing strong condemnation towards the acts.

"The HKSAR government strongly condemns the protesters who blatantly challenged the national sovereignty by maliciously besieging and storming the Liasion Office building as well as defacing the national emblem. The HKSAR government will deal with these acts in a serious manner in accordance with the law," the statement reads.

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