Chinese envoy and media condemn Hong Kong protest against Beijing office

Thousands of protesters gathered outside China's Liaison Office on July 21, 2019, throwing eggs and spray-painting graffiti on its walls.
Thousands of protesters gathered outside China's Liaison Office on July 21, 2019, throwing eggs and spray-painting graffiti on its walls.PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (REUTERS, AFP) - China’s top envoy to Hong Kong hit out on Monday (July 22) at anti-government protesters who daubed the walls of Beijing’s office in the city with graffiti saying the previous night’s events insulted “all Chinese people”. 

“These (acts) have seriously damaged Hong Kong’s highly cherished rule of law spirit... and seriously damaged the feelings of all Chinese people including seven million Hong Kong compatriots,” Wang Zhimin, the head of Beijing’s Liaison Office told reporters.

Thousands of masked demonstrators briefly occupied the road outside Beijing’s office on Sunday night, erected barricades and targeted the building with eggs, projectiles, laser lights and graffiti in a stark rebuke to Beijing’s rule. 

Wang said he offered his “strongest condemnation” over the protest and said he backed the Hong Kong government’s vow to bring those “rioters” to justice. 

Chinese state media also ran reports condemning the protest.

Xinhua quoted an unnamed representative of the Liason Office as saying the protest “blatantly challenged the authority of the central government” adding that “such behaviours are serious in nature, have caused bad influence and are absolutely intolerable.” 

Xinhua also ran a report quoting a spokesman from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, another prominent party organ that deals with the two semi-autonomous hubs, condemning the “vicious behaviours of some radical demonstrators”. 

“We firmly support the HKSAR government in taking all necessary measures in accordance with law to ensure the safety of the central government organs based in Hong Kong, safeguard the rule of law in Hong Kong, and punish the criminals,” the spokesman said.

The English-language China Daily said in another editorial on Monday business leaders and other organisations had "had enough of the radical youths" and were demanding an end to the violence.

"Unfortunately, some impulsive and reckless young people unhappy with social inequality have been manipulated by these political radicals to cause mayhem in the city," it said.