Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has slammed the violent clashes in Mong Kok that took place in the early hours of Tuesday, saying those involved had “smashed” the city’s values.
“Values cherished by Hongkongers were utterly smashed by a small group of irrational people overnight,” Tsang wrote in a blog post published this morning. “Their violent actions far exceed the bottom line of the law.”
The Financial Secretary said having a sense of local belonging is normal as Hongkongers love the city and want it to improve.
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“But some people have used localism to mask their expression of hatred,” he stated. “This can neither rationalise the violence itself nor will it gain support in wider society.”
Tsang had previously said the rioters’ actions were not those of “genuine localists”.
“I truly hope that those involved in the riot will stop what they are doing before it’s too late”.
He added a note meant for would-be mischief makers: “If you continue to go down this path, not only will you be the loser, but the Hong Kong you claim to protect [will also lose]”.