Violence breeds more violence: CE

July 22, 2019

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government condemns the violent acts that occurred in Central & Western District as well as Yuen Long last night, and it will deal with these acts in accordance with the law.


Accompanied by Principal Officials and the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Lam told a press briefing that the Government was monitoring the whole situation throughout Hong Kong last night.


“We absolutely do not condone those sorts of violent acts. Let me make this clear again. Violence is not a solution to any problem. Violence will only breed more violence. At the end of the day, the whole of Hong Kong and the people will suffer as a result of the loss of law and order in Hong Kong.”


She noted that after the public procession ended last night, some radical protesters had stormed the Central People’s Government’s Liaison Office building and defaced the national emblem in a challenge to national sovereignty, adding that the Government would seriously follow up on the incident in accordance with the law.


The Chief Executive also described the violent acts in Yuen Long as shocking, and that the attackers had shown blatant disregard for the law by assaulting citizens and railway passengers, which was horrendous and intolerable.


She has requested the Commissioner of Police spare no effort in arresting the offenders.


The Chief Executive also offered her sincere sympathy to those who were injured, including the media.


Mrs Lam also dismissed as groundless, accusations that she, the Government and the Police had colluded with the violent attackers.

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