Commentator People's Daily: the most urgent task is to stop violence and control chaos and restore order
Beijing, 15 Nov (Xinhua) People's Daily, 16 November commentator's article: the top priority is to stop violence and restore order.
Crazy smashing arson, paralyzing road traffic, destroying train tracks, throwing incendiary bombs at moving trains in many districts of Hong Kong, injuring ordinary citizens without distinction, and introducing violence to the campus. Over the past few days, the escalating sabotage activities of violent criminals in Hong Kong have pushed the city into an extremely dangerous situation.
"to stop violence and restore order is the most urgent task for Hong Kong at present." When attending the 11th BRICS leaders' meeting in Brasilia, President Xi Jinping stated the Chinese Government's solemn position on the current situation in Hong Kong and clearly declared the Chinese Government's determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests. We are unswervingly determined to implement the principle of "one country, two systems", oppose any external interference in Hong Kong affairs, and will continue to firmly support the Chief Executive in leading the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative region to administer its affairs in accordance with the law. We firmly support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law and the Hong Kong judiciary in punishing violent criminals in accordance with the law.
Over the past five months or so, the actions of violent criminals in Hong Kong have gone far beyond the bottom line of "peaceful assembly", "freedom of speech" and human civilization and morality. The thugs claim to walk with the weak, but bully the unarmed citizens indiscriminately. They claim to demonstrate peacefully, but arson and attack the police in an organized and premeditated manner. They claim to defend democracy, but follow the absurd logic of "those who obey me prosper, but those who oppose me perish." Claiming to defend freedom, but restricting the personal freedom and freedom of speech of others, depriving citizens of their "freedom from fear" and putting them in danger all the time.
People have seen very clearly that the so-called "anti-amendment" is only a hypocritical excuse. Hong Kong activists are trying to create "black terror" and have gone to great lengths to reap political interests. The Hong Kong economy has fallen for two consecutive quarters on a month-on-month basis and has entered a technical recession. Hong Kong's economy is likely to experience negative growth this year. Now, it is becoming clearer and clearer that if we do not sever our seats with violence, violence will kidnap ourselves; if we sympathize with thugs and act as accomplices to violence, violence will inevitably devour itself; and the so-called "illegality" will only make Hong Kong restless. Violence has undermined the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and is endangering the public safety of Hong Kong. Only by halting violence and restoring order can the people have well-being and Hong Kong have a future.
Extreme violence must not be tolerated or tolerated by any society. It is the common responsibility of the executive, the legislature and the judiciary of Hong Kong to stop violence and restore order. We firmly support the SAR Government, the Hong Kong police and the judiciary in adhering to the principle of the rule of law and taking stronger, more decisive and more effective actions to strongly curb all kinds of illegal, violent and terrorist acts. To protect the safety of the lives and property of Hong Kong residents. We call on the community of Hong Kong to further recognize the ugliness of incendiary factions for their own political self-interest and do not hesitate to undermine the overall interests of Hong Kong. Every citizen who really loves Hong Kong should come forward and say no to the thugs and sever their seats with violence. Gather the positive energy of anti-violence, protecting the rule of law and maintaining stability. We firmly oppose any foreign governments, organizations, and individuals who open their eyes for the radical forces and violent elements in Hong Kong, and will take effective measures to resolutely counter any interference in Hong Kong affairs and interference in China's internal affairs in any form. We will firmly safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests.
Hong Kong can't go on in chaos! It is the will of the people and the trend of the times to stop violence and restore order, to restore stability to Hong Kong and to restore peace to the people. History has long proved that those who follow the tide prosper and those who go against the tide perish.