Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Wednesday strongly condemned the mass riot that took place earlier that day in opposition to the government’s proposed amendments to the city’s extradition laws.
Lam made her remarks after tens of thousands of protesters besieged the city’s Legislative Council Complex, occupied nearby major roads in Central and Admiralty, and continually stormed police cordons.
Lam said she was saddened by the incident, adding that no civilized society governed by the rule of law will tolerate rioting
In a televised speech, Lam condemned the radical protesters’ behavior, which was “brazen and organized riot”. It has seriously affected the city’s law and order, and threatened people’s lives, Lam said.
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Lam said she was saddened by the incident, adding that no civilized society governed by the rule of law will tolerate rioting.
Violent clashes are definitely not a solution to social problems, as there are better ways to express their opinions, she said.
Lam called on the public to stay away from violence so that public order can be restored soon. “I believe that any problem can still be resolved in Hong Kong, a civilized society, in a peaceful, rational and law-abiding manner for the overall interests of Hong Kong,” Lam said.
On the same day, in an interview with Television Broadcasts (TVB), Lam said she was “saddened” and “worried” seeing the clashes, and that she hopes the city’s young people can express their views in peaceful ways and not break laws.
Lam said the government will go ahead with the bill despite the violent protest. In the following days, the government will step up efforts to explain the bill to the public and continue to discuss with concerned parties.
The government proposed revising the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance to enable the city to surrender fugitive offenders to jurisdictions that currently have no long-term agreements with the special administrative region, including the Chinese mainland, Macao and Taiwan.
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