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Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 23:51
DAB appeals to protesters to end disruptive behavior
By Gu Mengyan
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 23:51 By Gu Mengyan

Hong Kong’s largest political party in the Legislative Council made a public appeal on Tuesday that called for an end to the protests that have disrupted the lives of people across the city.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said in a statement that in recent protests, radicals have created chaos in metro railway stations, shopping centers, private estates and other crowded public spaces while trying to evade arrest after violent clashes with police. Some radical protesters have been armed with lethal weapons, posing serious threats to public safety and the rule of law.

Protesters should end activities that have disrupted the livelihoods of innocent citizens and undermined the city’s economy and reputation, the statement added.

DAB also voiced support for the police and their efforts to bring lawbreaking offenders to justice.

All flights out of Hong Kong International Airport were canceled on Monday and more flights were canceled on Tuesday when thousands of protesters packed into the terminal in an illegal assembly and ground airport services to a halt.

On the same day, the Hong Kong Federation of Railway Trade Unions issued a statement that strongly condemned a group of radicals after they besieged the Tai Koo metro station and attacked MTR employees on Monday night.

The “uncooperative movement”, which aims to paralyze the city’s transportation, has worn out many MTR employees since protests started two month ago. Some were assaulted on Monday when they tried to maintain train services. Others have been victims of a protester-organized cyberbullying campaign.

The DAB called for stern and immediate law enforcement actions to restore public order. Two days ago, a Hong Kong government spokesperson said the authority is “outraged” at violent protesters who besieged police stations, aiming laser beams and hurling gasoline bombs at police officers.

China’s top authority on Hong Kong affairs warned on Monday that violence has begun to show the “first signs of terrorism” in the city.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council denounced radical protesters for repeatedly attacking police officers in the past few days and committing serious violent crimes.

jefferygu@chinadailyhk.com

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