May 7, 2020
China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), the top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) political office in Hong Kong, on Wednesday condemned pro-democracy demonstrators as a “political virus” that “must be eliminated” before Hong Kong can return to prosperity.
China’s State-run Global Times on Wednesday said, “Hong Kong will not enjoy a peaceful day unless black-clad rioters are eliminated, and the central government will not sit and watch this destructive force wantonly do whatever they crazily wish, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday.”
As reported by the UK Guardian, the HKMAO made no distinction between law-abiding critics of the Beijing-aligned government and “black-clad rioters,” lumping them together as a “recklessly demented force” threatening the One Country, Two Systems arrangement that allows Hong Kong to retain a shred of autonomy as a CCP possession:
It said the protesters and their oft-used mantra of “if we burn, you burn with us” were a “political virus”, and that the movement’s organisers wanted to “drag Hong Kong off a cliff”.
It said that while many Hong Kongers had sympathy and understanding for them, “the more sympathisers the tyrants have, the greater price Hong Kong will pay.”
“It can be said the forces of black violence are destroying the foundation of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” the statement said.
It said the central government had responsibility for safeguarding national security and the constitutional order in Hong Kong, and called for the urgent implementation of long-shelved national security laws.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 3:10 am