Interview: Hong Kong needs to restore public order as soon as possible: Philippine expert

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-25 09:55:50|Editor: huaxia
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MANILA, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The continued chaos, abetted by the external forces, have disrupted the city's daily life and the Hong Kong government needs to act decisively to restore public order as soon as possible, a Philippine political expert said.

Henry Chan, a visiting researcher of the Philippine-based thinktank Integrated Development Studies Institute, told Xinhua during a recent interview that the escalating violent protests in Hong Kong since June have seriously sabotaged its social order.

"I have noticed that the radicals moved around the city to barricade and vandalize police stations. They paralyzed these neighborhoods by blocking off principal streets," Chan said.

The violent protesters also occupied the Hong Kong International Airport and stranded thousands of innocent commuters, which hurts Hong Kong's reputation as a key transport hub in East Asia, he added.

He also said the external forces played a role in the continued chaos in Hong Kong.

"It's impossible that a large scale protest can last more than two months without organizers behind it," the Philippine expert said. "Except for some local organizers, we can find many clues and evidence that show external forces have played a role in the violent protests in Hong Kong."

"In fact, what they want is to undermine the 'one country, two systems' in Hong Kong," he added.

Chan said now the Hong Kong government needs to act decisively to restore public order and Hong Kong's way of life as soon as possible.

"If the chaos continues in Hong Kong, it will further hurt Hong Kong's economy and Hong Kong's importance as a financial center will diminish," he said.