Via the CPC foghorn, The People’s Daily:
On July 1st, it was a happy day for people from all walks of life in Hong Kong to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to the motherland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Some extremists have opted to oppose the amendments to the relevant regulations of the SAR Government and created a violent incident in the Legislative Council Building. This is a serious violation of the rule of law in Hong Kong. It is a great destructive to the social order of Hong Kong and a blatant challenge to the bottom line of “one country, two systems.”
Using iron bars and iron cages to destroy the glass facade of the Legislative Council building, attacking the police with toxic chemical powder, forcibly breaking into the Legislative Council building, arbitrarily destroying the solemn Chamber of Deputies and the SAR emblem… Behavior is very shocking, sad, angry! In this regard, no country, no society will ever tolerate it. The Central Committee strongly supports Lin Zhengyue’s Chief Executive and the SAR Government in their administration of the law, and resolutely supports the Hong Kong police in their strict enforcement of the law, in pursuit of violations of the law, and guarantees social order and public safety.
The rule of law is one of the foundations of Hong Kong and the core value of Hong Kong. The law-abiding spirit embodied in the people of Hong Kong and Hong Kong has long been widely praised and cannot be tarnished by a few people. A society ruled by law needs to accommodate different voices, but it does not mean that a few people can take illegal acts, and it does not mean to pamper the violent crimes. One of the connotations of the rule of law is that there are laws that must be followed, and violations of law must be investigated. No matter who, no matter what the reason, as long as it is illegal, it must be investigated by law. Only by safeguarding legal authority and defending the dignity of the law can we ensure social stability and order, Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and the country’s long-term stability.
Hong Kong is a pluralistic society. It is not surprising that there are disagreements or even major differences on some issues. However, if we fall into the whirlpool of “pan-politicization” and artificially create confrontation and confrontation, it will not only help but also seriously hinder economic and social development. . Politicizing and even demonizing the relevant regulations of the SAR Government, constantly creating social disputes and inciting illegal activities has damaged Hong Kong’s reputation as an international business metropolis and hurt the vital interests and fundamental welfare of the vast number of Hong Kong people. It should be emphasized that Hong Kong is a society that upholds the rule of law, peace, rationality and tolerance. It expresses its aspirations, seeks consensus and eliminates suffocation within the framework of the rule of law. This is the common responsibility of all residents who truly care for Hong Kong.
“He is convinced by the spirit, and the anger is different.” Although Hong Kong has a good family background, it faces great challenges in the context of deep adjustment of the global economic structure and increasingly fierce international competition. It cannot withstand tossing and cannot withstand internal friction. At this moment, we are even more deeply aware of the extreme importance of administering Hong Kong by law to the future and destiny of Hong Kong. We are even more deeply aware of the urgency of forming a respectful constitution and basic law and maintaining a good rule of law in Hong Kong society. Strongly condemning extreme violence and pursuing serious violations of the law is the common aspiration of all patriotic Hong Kong people and the proper meaning of comprehensively promoting the rule of law and safeguarding the rule of law in Hong Kong.
The irony of the Communist Party of China attacking pro-democracy protesters for violating the “rule of law”, to push back an extradition treaty into China’s extremely violent and CPC dominated legal system, should not be lost on anyone.
He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.