HONG KONG – The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has lodged solemn representations with the German Consulate General in Hong Kong over the reported granting of asylum by Germany to two Mong Kok rioters.
Ray Wong Toi-yeung and Alan Li Tung-sing confirmed with media on Wednesday that Germany had granted them refugee status.
They fled Hong Kong after jumping bail in 2017 as they were charged for their alleged roles in the Mong Kok riots on 2016 Lunar New Year Day. The riots saw hundreds of protesters hurl bricks and wooden pallets, burn cars, attack police, destroy public property and injure others, including over 80 police officers.
They are facing serious charges, including rioting and assaulting police.
The commissioner's office summoned Germany's acting Consul General David Schmidt on Friday for an urgent meeting, expressing strong dissatisfaction over and resolute opposition to Germany's move.
The commissioner's office urged Germany to abide by international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and to earnestly respect the rule of law and judicial independence in Hong Kong.
It also urged Germany to recognize its mistake and reverse the decision, and not to let criminals go unpunished and not interfere in China's internal affairs including Hong Kong affairs.
Also on Friday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expressed to her “strong objection” to Germany’s granting asylum to the two suspects during a meeting she had requested with David Schmidt.
*With inputs from China Daily
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