Commentary: HK protestors' challenge to central government intolerable

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-22 20:42:13|Editor: Li Xia
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BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- On Sunday evening, some radical demonstrators besieged and stormed the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), defaced the national emblem and painted insulting words on the wall.

Such vicious acts have seriously trampled on the rule of law in Hong Kong, blatantly challenged the authority of the central government and touched the bottom line of the principle of "one country, two systems," which are absolutely intolerable.

In earlier days, violent protestors stormed the Legislative Council Complex in the HKSAR, surrounded the police headquarters, attacked police officers and illegally stored dangerous goods and large amounts of offensive weapons.

The protestors' behaviors have gone far beyond a peaceful demonstration. The escalating incidents have revealed an attempt by the mobs and the forces behind to paralyze the HKSAR government, undermine the principle of "one country, two systems," wrest power over the region and impede China's development by throwing Hong Kong into disorder.

Such acts are unacceptable to the central government, as they have threatened national sovereignty and challenged the central government's authority.

On the other hand, such violent acts have damaged the fundamental interests of Hong Kong society and will not be accepted by those who care about the region's future, either.

On July 20, more than 300,000 Hong Kong residents rallied to voice support for the police, expressing their confidence and commitment to maintaining social order in accordance with the law.

Only by safeguarding social order, can Hong Kong maintain its competitive edge and its long-term prosperity.

Necessary measures should be taken in accordance with the law to ensure the safety of the central government organs based in Hong Kong, safeguard rule of law and punish criminals.

Hong Kong people should clearly recognize the nature and harm of the violent protests and stay committed to the principle of "one country, two systems" and the rule of law.

Under the support of the central government and Hong Kong residents, the HKSAR government will surely restore social order.