In order to justify its aggressive tactics against pro-democracy protesters, Hong Kong’s pro-Chinese police are now accusing young people of committing crimes in the shadow of the riots.
Chris Tan Ping Keung, Police Commissioner of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, said that in the light of the protests against China, there is a trend of juvenile delinquency in the region.
The police were subpoenaed for excessive use of force against demonstrators in the country. On Friday, the police arrested 35 people protesting against China’s plans to introduce national security legislation in the country.
At a round table organized last week by the Democratic Alliance for the Better and Progress of Hong Kong, Chris Tan Pinglung said that young people who commit crimes have become a disturbing trend in Hong Kong, Xinhua reported.
A total of 4,268 young people were arrested in 2019, more than 50 percent more than in 2018. According to Tang, of the 8,057 people arrested between June last year and April 2020, more than 40 percent were students.
Demonstrators in Hong Kong fired arrows from a barricaded university on Sunday and threw petrol bombs at the police | Photo: . Reuters.
Mr Thane said that Hong Kong faces a collapse of the rule of law, with violence in people’s daily lives, which would ultimately threaten Hong Kong’s national security and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
The tangents resemble speculations about a new round of debilitating protests, perhaps directed against Beijing’s new safety law. The police are preparing to suppress possible riots.
According to the South China Morning Post report, the Hong Kong Government needs to establish new institutions, as proposed by Beijing, to ensure national security and allow Mainland Chinese authorities to operate in the city if necessary. All these measures have been widely criticized by opposition politicians as a means of suppressing dissenting opinions.
The legislation has raised fears that it will undermine the principle of one country, two systems, ultimately leading to the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy, as set out in the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1997.
During the protests against the 2019 Extradition Act, the behaviour of Hong Kong police was the subject of discussion.
According to last year’s Washington Post report, many in the city’s pro-democracy camp see Hong Kong police as a way for the Communist Party of China to suppress unrest without resorting to direct intervention that could provoke an international response.
Last summer, protests began against a bill that would allow Hong Kong to be extradited to China. The demonstration turned into a violent protest.
Demonstrators regularly drop petrol bombs and bricks and have started destroying Chinese subway stations and shops, while the police respond with tear gas and a water cannon.