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Hong Kong’s Lam calls for an end to city vandalism

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Carrie Lam (centre) examines damaged facilities at the MTR Central Station in south China’s Hong Kong on Monday.LI GaNG/XINHUA

Hong Kong’s Lam calls for an end to city vandalism

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that foreign interference in its internal affairs is extremely improper.

Lam made the remarks at a press briefing in response to the proposal of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act at the US Congress.

The bipartisan bill mandates changes to be made to the city’s governance for it to continue receiving US trade preferences, including the ability for voters to democratically elect its chief executive and all members of its legislative council.

Lam stressed opposition to the interference of foreign legislatures in the city’s internal affairs in any form.

During the press briefing, Lam also said she was deeply saddened by the violence at Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations of Central and Prince Edward, calling for an end of the vandalism of infrastructure.

Protesters regularly convened around MTR stations during the city-wide protests, chanting slogans, holding signs and painting walls with graffiti.

Live images were broadcast from Hong Kong International Airport after protestors swarmed there, forcing thousands of inbound and outbound flights to be cancelled.

Both the airport and the railway system are the lifeblood of Hong Kong, closely related to the daily life of residents, Lam said, adding that the escalated violence will not solve social problems but exacerbate conflicts, rifts and hatred.

Lam called on all sectors of the Hong Kong community to work together to stop the violence.

Rule of law is an important core value of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will investigate all violent incidents according to the law, Lam said.

Lam also said Hong Kong’s government was very sincere in engaging in dialogue with people from different backgrounds and she and other officials will reach out to the community in this month, adding that she will strive to make the dialogue open to the public.

XINHUA NEWS AGENCY

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