Director of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Wang Zhimin gives a speech during the Liaison Office's annual spring reception at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Jan 29, 2019. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)
The conviction of all nine “Occupy Central” ringleaders has drawn a legal red line for all activities endangering public security and social stability, Wang Zhimin, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said on Monday.
Therefore, this past April 9 marked a momentous day for the rule of law to prevail in Hong Kong, as well as a significant chapter in the history of the city’s rule of law and justice
He added that the 268-page verdict handed down by the Hong Kong court had sent a clear message to the local community: Respect and uphold the rule of law, which is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability and serves as a safeguard for national security.
This is the first time the liaison chief commented on the judgment after it was passed down on April 9. He made the remarks while addressing at a local symposium themed on national security education.
The illegal campaign in September 2014, which brought the city to a 79-day standstill under the disguise of “justice”, is not only an insult to the city’s core value, but also caused serious damage to it with far-reaching implications, Wang noted.
He elaborated that on one hand it had alerted the public to the shortfalls in legal safeguards Hong Kong faces in protecting national security.
Meanwhile, it had also gravely hurt Hong Kong’s economic growth and undermined the city’s prosperity and stability as well as its international image.
The statistics of the Immigration Department show that from November 1 to 17, 2014, the number of non-mainland visitor arrivals decreased by 7.5 percent compared to that of the same period of 2013.
Therefore, this past April 9 marked a momentous day for the rule of law to prevail in Hong Kong, as well as a significant chapter in the history of the city’s rule of law and justice, Wang pointed out.
In addition, Wang also shared a few thoughts with the city’s young people, who he described as “well informed” and “having active minds”. He said when it comes to upholding the rule of law, the younger generation have great hopes placed on them.
“I sincerely hope that the young people of Hong Kong will grow up to be the guardians of the city’s rule of law, of the society, and of law and order; have a better grasp of the boundaries of freedom, a greater respect for the law, a stronger belief in the rule of law so that they’ll become a powerful force in safeguarding Hong Kong’s core value and national security,” Wang said.
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