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More and more HK residents demand an end to rioting

CGTN | Updated: 2019-11-27 09:32
Rioters hurl petrol bombs on armored police vehicles approaching their barricades on a bridge leading to Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, November 17, 2019. /AP Photo

Editor's Note: The following article is taken from the Chinese-language "Commentaries on International Affairs." The article does not necessarily reflect the views of CGTN.

More and more Hong Kong residents have awakened to the necessity of putting on a united front against the violence being perpetrated by the rioters running wild in the city's streets. A large number of these residents have taken to the streets to clear away roadblocks and rubbish, and attend rallies expressing their support for the Hong Kong police. They're sending a clear and resolute message: the rule of law and public order must be defended.

On Tuesday, more than 1.3 million people had signed a petition by the Alliance of Hong Kong Guardians that calls for an end to the ongoing violence and offers support for the mask ban. This shows that the residents of Hong Kong are increasingly intolerant of the damage being done by the spreading violence. And last Friday, adding to these voices were representatives from Chinese communities in 28 European countries, including Britain, Germany, France, and Italy, who traveled to the city in a show of support for the efforts of the Hong Kong police to stop the violence.

As these voices were calling for calm and for public safety to return to the streets of Hong Kong, the US Congress passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. By passing the act, Washington's lawmakers are attempting to interfere in China's internal affairs. They're also lending their support to extremists in Hong Kong who are determined to foment the kind of color revolution that caused chaos across the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, and parts of the Middle East over the past three decades.

As many people in Hong Kong have been quick to point out, color revolutions have been doomed to failure and have left behind deep scars. Drawing on these lessons, China's 1.4 billion people, including the 7.5 million residents of Hong Kong, will never allow the nightmare of a color revolution be let loose in the city.

If the lawmakers in Washington pushing ahead with the Hong Kong act continue along their reckless path, China will respond with strong and effective countermeasures, and their attempt to stir up chaos in Hong Kong will be an unfulfilled dream.

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