Beijing refutes HKSAR LegCo member's accusations at UNHRC
Updated 18:05, 17-Sep-2019

Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday refuted accusations made by Tanya Chan, a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) at the Human Rights Council of United Nations (UNHRC) regarding the police's law enforcement operations since June.

"Hong Kong is indeed under crisis, not a humanitarian one, but the crisis of rule of law," Hua Chunying, the spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a daily press brief, adding that "It is those who committed violent acts and black hands manipulating these violent protesters should be investigated."

The spokesperson called for all Hong Kong residents to bravely stand up and say no to violence.

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Hua also confirmed the comments made by former British Parliament member George Galloway who acknowledged foreign interferences in Hong Kong affairs, saying that they interfered in Hong Kong affairs in different forms.

According to Hua, foreign forces publicly voice support for the illegal violent activities in Hong Kong while slandering the law enforcement operations made by the police.

She also noted that some forces sponsored violent activities with a huge amount of money. They even organized trainings to help radical protestors conduct protests.

"China's stance is consistent and clear. Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs that brooks no foreign interference," Hua stressed, urging them to stop immediately.

Hong Kong police on Tuesday also expressed deep regret about the accusations made by Tanya Chan at UNHRC on Monday, a police spokesperson said that in the face of the increasingly tense protests with an escalation of violence since June, the Hong Kong police always exercise a high level of restraint and endeavor to restore public order and to protect the safety of the general public.

The spokesperson said that in Hong Kong, there are stringent police guidelines for the use of force, and the force to be used by the police shall be the minimum force necessary for achieving a lawful purpose.

(Cover image: Hong Kong Police Wanchai district headquarters, August 21, 2019. /Xinhua Photo)