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Hong Kong: Chief Executive Lam pledges to 'stamp out' violence if it continues

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 27, 2019 at 08:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that in case violence during protests continues, it will be stopped by the law enforcement personnel, during a media conference in Hong Kong, on Tuesday.

"Starting a dialogue doesn't mean that we will condone violence. If violence continues, the only thing that we should do is to stamp out that violence through law enforcement actions," stressed Lam.

Lam added that the government will treat protesters and police who resort to violence equally.

Dismissing accusations of not responding to protesters Lam said that "it is not a question of not responding, it is a question of not accepting those demands" reiterating that the government had responded within days to the protesters' most important demand by suspending the extradition bill.

She went on saying that "if we continue to tolerate, accommodate and accept demands because of those protests, that will be a very inappropriate and unacceptable response from the government."

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials, as well as for Lam's resignation.

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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that in case violence during protests continues, it will be stopped by the law enforcement personnel, during a media conference in Hong Kong, on Tuesday.

"Starting a dialogue doesn't mean that we will condone violence. If violence continues, the only thing that we should do is to stamp out that violence through law enforcement actions," stressed Lam.

Lam added that the government will treat protesters and police who resort to violence equally.

Dismissing accusations of not responding to protesters Lam said that "it is not a question of not responding, it is a question of not accepting those demands" reiterating that the government had responded within days to the protesters' most important demand by suspending the extradition bill.

She went on saying that "if we continue to tolerate, accommodate and accept demands because of those protests, that will be a very inappropriate and unacceptable response from the government."

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials, as well as for Lam's resignation.

M/S Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "We will adopt one yardstick - one yardstick - in dealing with all forms of violence. Even if it concerns a police officer, that same yardstick applies. The police has already taken very decisive action against the suspected offenders in the police force in that particular incident, and that is the firm position of the Hong Kong SAR Government as well as the force. As regards to your first question, starting a dialogue doesn't mean that we will condone violence. If violence continues, the only thing that we should do is to stamp out that violence through law enforcement actions. You would just imagine if under the pretext of communication or starting a dialogue that we are not going to enforce the laws in Hong Kong, that we are going to tolerate all forms of violence and disruptions in Hong Kong, that will be the end of the rule of law in Hong Kong."

M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "[In the last] two months or so, the Government has repeatedly given a reply to the demands from different people. It is not a question of not responding, it is a question of not accepting those demands. But the most important demand that we have accepted within days after the outbreak of this incident is to put an end to the bill. If the bill was the cause of all these disruptions, that has been stopped over two months ago. So we have to ask ourselves, the continued resort to violence and protests and harassment - what are we going to do? If we continue to tolerate, accommodate and accept demands because of those protests, that will be a very inappropriate and unacceptable response from the government. And on this particular point, since I have mentioned harassment, I just want to put in a word for the families of my police colleagues. I just cannot see the association between the protests and the demands with the harassment of police families, repeatedly going to the police quarters to do all sorts of threats and intimidation of police families, especially the young children. These young kids have to go back to school very soon, and I hope every one of us, in particular the education sector, will play their role to protect all these kids."

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