China FM spokesperson says any group that support Hong Kong riots must pay their price

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson has warn groups to distance themselves from supporting the Hong Kong riots, saying any group that support the riots must pay their price.

Geng Shuang said at a press briefing on Monday in Beijing, that the Chinese central government and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government have always been dealing with exit and entry matters according to law.

Mr Shuang’s response came after Human Rights Watch’s executive director Kenneth Roth, who planned to launch the organization’s annual world report in HK this week — was barred from entering Hong Kong on Sunday due to the group’s support for Hong Kong riots.

“It is China’s sovereignty to allow or disallow certain individuals to enter the country. Plenty of facts and evidence show that some relevant NGOs had supported the anti-China rabble-rousers in Hong Kong in various ways. These groups tried by all means to instigate people to engage in extreme violent crimes, incite ‘Hong Kong independence’ and separatist activities. These organizations are held responsible for the current unrest in Hong Kong and should be punished and pay their due prices,” Shuang said.

The 2019–20 Hong Kong protests are ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong triggered by the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the Hong Kong government. If enacted, the bill would have allowed the extradition of criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China.

This led to concerns that the bill would subject Hong Kong residents and visitors to the jurisdiction and legal system of mainland China, there by undermining the region’s autonomy and Hong Kong people’s civil liberties.

As the protests progressed, the protesters laid out five key demands, namely the withdrawal of the bill, investigation into alleged police brutality and misconduct, the release of arrested protesters, a complete retraction of the official characterisation of the protests as “riots”, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation along with the introduction of universal suffrage for election of the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.

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