Written by: Zhang Jiamin
2019-12-25 22:38Last updated: 2019-12-25 22:41
Hong Kong Watch, a British organization concerned about Hong Kong issues, issued a statement yesterday (24th), condemning the brutality of "Peaceful Shoppers and Demonstrators" on Christmas Eve (24th), including reporting to the Fired rubber bullets in the head and fired tear gas cannons and water cannons indiscriminately.
The government today (25th) issued a statement refuting the allegations, describing them as false allegations and fabrications, saying that they were completely inconsistent with the facts. The government alleges that the police adopted a rigorous and restrained attitude in the operation and used the minimum force to deal with illegal acts, saying that the relevant statement portrayed the wrong Hong Kong image overseas.
A government spokesman strongly refuted Hong Kong Watch's earlier statement, emphasizing that false accusations and fabrications were completely inconsistent with the facts. The government said that the police have always adopted a rigorous and restrained attitude and used only the minimum force to deal with illegal acts on Christmas Eve, including arson, wanton destruction of shops and HSBC Mong Kok branches, block roads, and damage 21 sets of traffic lights in Mong Kok , Attacking innocent citizens, attacking police officers with petrol bombs, violating police lines and illegal assembly. The government stated that the above actions affected public peace and security and that it was necessary for police to take enforcement action.
Refutation of Hong Kong Watch Chairman: Fictional, Totally Irresponsible
A government spokesman also refuted the chairman of Hong Kong Watch, saying that his statement that "Hong Kong has witnessed police brutality on Christmas Eve" was "fictional, totally irresponsible and extremely unfair." The spokesman said that the statement portrayed a completely wrong image of Hong Kong to overseas communities, that Hong Kong firmly believed in and strictly abides by the rule of law, that the police would never take enforcement action against peaceful shoppers and demonstrators.
Hong Kong Watch recently issued a statement condemning the brutality of police on peaceful protesters and shoppers on Christmas Eve (24th), saying that the police fired rubber bullets on the demonstrators' heads and celebrated Christmas peacefully in Tsim Sha Tsui. The masses fired tear gas cannons and water cannons. In a statement, the Chairman of Hong Kong Watch questioned the loss of Hong Kong people's right to celebrate Christmas, shopping and singing hymns, and believed that serious police violence needed to be investigated internationally.
Hong Kong Watch was founded by Benedict Rogers, deputy chairman of the British Conservative Party ’s Human Rights Committee, who has repeatedly criticized Hong Kong for its freedom and human rights regression, and was refused entry to Hong Kong in 2017.
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