As the Legislative Council seeks to repair the damage caused to its premises by a group of radical anti-extradition bill protesters, lawmakers from the pro-establishment camp have taken aim at their opposition counterparts, saying the pan-democratic camp needs to shoulder some responsibility for the unfortunate events that took place on Monday.
Severely condemning the July 1 incidents and claiming that the Legco had suffered unprecedented damage, pro-Beijing lawmakers said on Tuesday that opposition legislators need to ask themselves if they were partly to blame for the violent protests on the Hong Kong handover anniversary day.
Lawmaker Martin Liao Cheung-kong, convener of the pro-establishment bloc in the Legco, accused the pan-democrats of turning a blind eye to Monday’s illegal and violent acts and also trying to pin the incident on the government.
The pan-democrats need to bear some responsibility as they tacitly supported demonstrators who were looking for the next target on which they can vent their anger, Liao said.
On Monday night, radical protesters stormed into the Legco building and went on a rampage, breaking equipment and spraying graffiti, before they were eventually driven out.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor condemned the protesters for being “violent and lawless”, saying their actions undermined the rule of law.
On Monday, media reported that some pan-democratic lawmakers had tried to persuade radical protesters from storming the Legco building, only to fail in their attempt.
Civic Party lawmaker Dr. Kwok Ka-ki on Tuesday asserted that if the damage the young people did to the Legco facilities was considered violence, what is even more serious is the strong-arm tactics that authorities were using to distort the Hong Kong system.
Au Nok Hin, another pro-democracy lawmaker, said the public will be the eventual judge in relation to the Legco storming incident.
The government should reflect on why some citizens who had normally been mild have been turning to hardline tactics, said the lawmaker who belongs to the Council Front group,
During the Monday gathering outside the Legco, Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting was seen kneeling and begging a protester not to storm the Legco complex but had been ignored. That protester, however, apologized to him when leaving the scene.
Lam said the situation now is that the government has virtually forced the public to rise in rebellion.
The lawmaker added that he worries Hong Kong could see more such incidents in future as the government continues to ignore people’s concerns.
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