HK chief says ‘ideologies’ pose safety threat, youngsters must be monitored By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Govt Carrie Lam attends a information convention to announce the substitute of the Police Chief and Safety Secretary, in Hong Kong, China June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

By Sharon Abratique and Jessie Pang

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam stated on Tuesday “ideologies” posed dangers to nationwide safety and urged mother and father, lecturers and non secular leaders to look at the behaviour of youngsters and report those that break the regulation to the authorities.

The monetary hub has taken a swift authoritarian flip since China’s imposition of a sweeping nationwide safety regulation final yr and modifications to its political system to scale back democratic participation and oust folks deemed disloyal to Beijing.

At her weekly information convention, Lam expressed dismay at some residents mourning the demise of a 50-year-old who stabbed a policeman earlier than killing himself on July 1, the anniversary of the previous British colony’s return to Chinese language rule and the Chinese language Communist Social gathering’s centenary.

“For a very long time, residents have been uncovered to mistaken concepts, corresponding to reaching justice by unlawful means,” Lam informed reporters, including that nationwide safety dangers stemmed not solely from “public order” acts, but additionally from ideology.

About an hour after Lam spoke, police stated that they had arrested 9 folks, together with six secondary college students, on suspicion of terrorist actions.

Police stated they seized triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in a hostel room they described as a laboratory for bomb-making tools to deploy at a cross-harbour tunnel, railways, court docket rooms and garbage bins.

Town has been polarised since protesters took to the streets in 2019 demanding larger democracy and accountability for what activists known as police violence. Authorities have stated the protests had been fuelled by international forces and uncovered dangers to nationwide safety.

Because the safety regulation was launched, probably the most distinguished authorities opponents have been jailed or fled overseas. Critics say the laws has crushed town’s wide-ranging rights and freedoms, whereas supporters say it has restored stability.

Authorities departments “shouldn’t permit unlawful concepts to filter by to the general public by training, broadcasting, arts and tradition, beautifying violence and clouding the conscience of the general public,” Lam stated.

“I additionally name on mother and father, principals, lecturers, and even pastors to look at acts of youngsters round them. If some teenagers are discovered to be committing unlawful acts, they should be reported.”

Police and safety officers stated the stabbing of the 28-year-old policeman was a “terrorist,” lone-wolf assault, primarily based on unspecified supplies discovered on the attacker’s laptop.

Individuals went to the scene of the assault on Friday, some with youngsters, to pay their respects to the attacker and lay flowers, drawing condemnation from Lam and different officers.

Lam stated residents shouldn’t be deceived by messages circulating on-line suggesting the federal government had any duty for the violence, or by slogans corresponding to “there is no violence, solely tyranny.”

“Don’t search for excuses on behalf of the violent,” Lam stated.

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