The violent attacks on the evening of 21st in Hong Kong, Yuen Long, were shocked by the British government. The British government expressed shock at the violence. The United Kingdom will continue to support political freedom in Hong Kong. The US State Department issued a statement against violence. The government is urged to respect freedom of speech and assembly.
The Voice of America (VOA) Chinese website reported that the US State Department issued a statement on the situation in Hong Kong on the 22nd, urging all parties to exercise restraint and not use violence, and once again urged the Hong Kong government to respect freedom of speech and assembly.
A State Department spokesperson said, “It is particularly disturbing to report on organized violence against citizens by criminal groups and attacks on journalists trying to work.”
A State Department spokesman also said that the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong reflect the sentiments of the people of Hong Kong and their widespread concern about the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.
In addition, members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament made an urgent question on the violent attack in Hong Kong on the 22nd. Andrew Murrison, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, answered the question on behalf of the official.
Murrison said that there was a disturbing scene in the Yuen Long District of the New Territories on the evening of the 21st. A group of people with sticks attacked protesters and other passengers who supported democracy at the subway station. It was reported that 45 protesters were injured and one of them was seriously injured. “We are shocked to see this unacceptable scene of violence.”
In the violent incident in Yuen Long, the outside world questioned the collusion between the Hong Kong police and the underworld. The Hong Kong Police Commissioner Lu Weicong denied this. Mullison said that for the identity of the group that attacked the people at the Yuen Long subway station, do not rush to conclusions before making a full investigation.
He said that he welcomed the statement of Hong Kong Chief Executive Lin Zhengyue on the 22nd. She has asked the Commissioner of Police to investigate the matter and investigate any offenders. The British government will pay close attention to this matter. He said, “I condemn all acts of violence, but I firmly stand on the side of the legitimate and peaceful protesters.”
Murrison admits that Hong Kong’s political freedom “is under increasing pressure.” Rights, freedoms and the rule of law are crucial to Hong Kong’s future success. “For these, we will continue to come forward and speak strongly.”
US President Trump was asked by a reporter on the 22nd that there was a violent protest in Hong Kong recently. He said that if China intends to stop these protests, he believes that Chinese President Xi Jinping has been “responsible” so far. I hope that Xi Jinping will do the right thing.