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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy on Hong Kong

Q: The declaration issued by the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy on 2 October said that the escalation of violence and continuing unrest in Hong Kong, including the use of live ammunition, resulting in critical injuries to at least one person, are deeply troubling, that fundamental freedoms, including the possibility to hold peaceful demonstrations, must be ensured, and that any action by the law enforcement authorities must remain strictly proportionate. What is your comment?

A: Regarding the declaration, I wish to draw your attention to two questions. First, who are committing violence? Second, how to stop violence?

On the first question, anyone with a fair mind could see that in the past months, the black-clad rioters have committed vandalism and arson on Hong Kong streets, and have attacked police. In the past few days, the rioters have gone even further in their violent acts by making fatal attacks against police. These acts pose a severe threat to Hong Kong, and have gone far beyond the scope of peaceful demonstrations. If similar attacks on police happened in EU countries, what would the response be like? Why hasn’t the EU asked the police of its member states to exercise duties in a strictly proportionate way?

On the second question, the answer lies in rigorous law enforcement in accordance with law. Without the rule of law, how would the fundamental rights of Hong Kongers be protected? The EU side has not expressed support to the law-based efforts by the Hong Kong SAR government to stop violence and chaos and restore public order. Still less has the EU publicly condemned the rioters. On the contrary, the EU, in disregard of facts, is making unwarranted accusations of the law-based exercise of duties by Hong Kong police. Is that in line with the spirit of the rule of law in which the EU takes pride?

Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. We earnestly urge the EU side to immediately stop gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, stop making irresponsible remarks, stop causing disturbances to the law-based exercise of duties by Hong Kong police, and stop conniving at violent acts.

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