Your editorials (19 November and 13 November) allege that actions by the Hong Kong special administrative region government and the force used by the police have accelerated and magnified the protests in Hong Kong. The government’s political team and the police have worked tirelessly to seek ways to restore peace and order. In the past few months, the chief executive, Carrie Lam, and all principal officials have been meeting various community representatives to hear their views. The government is open to frank and candid exchanges with groups from all sides. Its priority is, first and foremost, to end the violence and restore calm so as to create a positive environment for dialogue on the deep-seated issues in our society. Since early June, there have been over 700 public demonstrations, processions and public meetings staged in Hong Kong. Many of them have eventually turned into violent illegal activities, causing major consequences for almost everyone in Hong Kong. In response, the police have carried out enforcement actions in strict accordance with the law. The police have the statutory duty to maintain public safety and public order. Hence, whenever unlawful assembly or violent action occurs, they have to take appropriate actions to protect… Read full this story
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