Hong Kong Chief Executive Defends Police Conduct: Protesters Used ‘Hate Speech’

Breitbart | 8/13/2019 | Staff
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Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive Carrie Lam lashed out against the immense protest movement on Tuesday, accusing “hard-hearted” demonstrators of using “hate speech against the police” and trying to “push the city into the abyss of destruction.”

Lam told the weekly meeting of her Executive Council advisers that the city has “descended into panic after witnessing massive scale destruction, which has paralyzed the airport, blocked, the tunnel, and injured police officers,” according to China’s state-run Global Times.

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“My responsibility as chief executive is to ensure that Hong Kong remains a safe, orderly, and law-binding city,” Lam told the Executive Council. “Without the rule of law in Hong Kong, 7 million people cannot live in a peaceful manner. That requires my support for law enforcement.”

The Global Times lamented that Lam was “continually interrupted by Hong Kong and Western media reporters” at a subsequent press conference where she defended the police against charges of using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

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“We have heard a lot of hate speech against the police,” she claimed at the contentious presser. “This is not beneficial to Hong Kong at all. The 30,000-strong police force is the pillar of the rule of law in Hong Kong.”

One of the main reasons the press conference became so heated is that Lam’s police opened fire on protesters at several train stations and the airport on Sunday using non-lethal ammunition. One of their shots struck a young female medic in her right eye and ruptured it. The eyepatch she now wears has become a symbol of democratic resistance across Hong Kong and groups of fellow medical staffers are joining the protests.

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Lam enraged some attendees of her Tuesday press conference by insinuating the reports of police brutality were somehow exaggerated, giving unqualified support to commanders in the field, and hoping the injured medic will “report...
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