Democracy must be based on the rule of law and it should never be hijacked as an excuse for “unchecked behavior,” China’s top Communist Party newspaper said.
Rebuking “Occupy Central” organizers’ attempts in Hong Kong to rouse conflict and smear the image of the local government, a commentary in the People’s Daily is urging “anyone who cares for and loves Hong Kong to say no to such acts that aim to confuse public opinions with personal wishes.”
The article Wednesday says protesters have been attacking the Hong Kong government and attempting to force the city’s chief executive to resign, but the attempts “are doomed to fail”, Xinhua news agency reported.
Protestors are attempting to force the central authorities to change the decision made by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, on Hong Kong’s electoral system.
Defending Hong Kong police’s efforts against “some people who disrupted social order, disabled traffic and harmed people’s livelihoods during the protests,” the commentary stresses that the rule of law is “the greatest public benefit.”
“Facts and history tell us that radical and illegal acts that got their way only result in more severe illegal activities, exacerbating disorder and turmoil,” it says, stressing that different opinions for Hong Kong’s democratic development may exist but should be expressed “via various legal channels.”
The article says that only by resolutely supporting the Hong Kong government can the city retain its sound commercial environment and its status as an international financial, trade and shipping center.
“Stability is bliss, and turmoil brings havoc,” it adds.
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