After protesters stormed and destroyed property in the H.K Legislative Council, authorities started to crack down on the violent protesters. The Western governments, for their part, criticized the government as heavy-handed. Fast forward to 2021, The U.S experienced similar riots in D.C. The U.S Justified its actions as “the need to maintain the rule of law.”
Citing the US Capitol riot, H.K City’s leader accuses foreign critics of double standards when they condemn rioters in the US vs the support for violent protesters and rioters in Hong Kong.
“Why should Hong Kong not have the safeguards on national security when jurisdictions all over the world have a series of legislation to safeguard their own national security? Are they suggesting that the safety of Hong Kong people is of lesser significance and importance than American citizens in American society?
Who said this is “a Beautiful sight to behold”?— aa-之鋒革命鸦片黃 (@market_said) January 25, 2021
I think Carrie Lam called it hypocrisy pic.twitter.com/KjdwAdPUOF
Carrie Lam defended arrests in Hong Kong, saying: WE HAVE RAMPANT VIOLENCE AND RIOTS UNDERMINING THE SAFETY OF HONG KONG PEOPLE, PROPERTIES AND BUSINESSES, ‘Everyone is equal before the law and no one is above that.
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