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Op-ed: Time to stop violence and restore order in Hong Kong

(People's Daily Online)    09:42, August 09, 2019

People wave the Chinese national flag and the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at a pier in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Over the past two months, the protests in Hong Kong have gone beyond assembly or demonstration and have evolved into extreme violence. Hong Kong has been left in a state of shock by the acts of protesters, increasing intensity and escalating destructions, posing significant economic and social threats to the city. Hong Kong cannot afford any more chaos.

The situation in Hong Kong is now so dire that the urgent task before the entire community is evident: to stop violence and restore order. It is high time for Hong Kong citizens to step out to safeguard their home. To stop violence and end the chaos, everyone needs to stand out, be it employees or employers, social elites or ordinary citizens, the elderly or the young. They must make their voice of justice heard, say “no” to violence, and staunchly support the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR and the government. They need to unswervingly stand by the police who strictly enforce the laws and should engage in activities which help to restore order and promote positive energy throughout the society.

The fundamental problem is who will suffer and who will benefit from the chaos when it gets out of control? We believe that the highest aspiration of Hong Kong citizens is to seek stability and tranquility, and to restore social order and normal life as soon as possible. We hope that Hong Kong citizens who love Hong Kong and their country will stand up for a stable life and a better future.

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(Web editor: Shi Xi, Bianji)

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