Carrie Lam accuses USA of 'double standards' over protests

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

The limits on the size of gatherings prompted police to reject for the first time an application of the annual vigil tens of thousands of Hong Kong people traditionally hold on June 4 in a downtown park to commemorate pro-democracy protesters killed in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square 31 years ago.

Hong Kong, June 2 (SocialNews.XYZ) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday accused the USA government of double standards when addressing the pro-democratic protests that occurred in the Asian city and the current protests against racism across American.

In her first public appearance after Washington said it will remove Hong Kong's preferential treatment in United States law in response to Beijing's plans, Lam warned countries threatening actions against the city that they may hurt their own interests.

Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials have seized on the unrest gripping the USA in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans.

Hong Kong's government announced Wednesday that Lam will lead a delegation of senior Hong Kong officials to Beijing on Wednesday to present her views on the planned national security laws to Chinese government officials.

Lam told reporters Tuesday that the US and other governments who have criticized China "are very concerned about their own national security, but on our national security.they are looking at it through tinted glasses".

Beijing says the anti-subversion law - which will bypass Hong Kong's legislature - is needed to tackle "terrorism" and "separatism".

About 2.93 million Hong Kong residents have signed a petition in support of the national security legislation during an eight-day campaign across Hong Kong, the organizer announced on Monday.

"There is simply no justification whatsoever for any government, any economy, to impose sanctions on Hong Kong as a result of a very legitimate process of the central government, the central authorities, taking this decision to enact laws for Hong Kong to better protect national security", she said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, saying Hong Kong was no longer sufficiently autonomous from Beijing as promised at the time of the 1997 handover of the territory by Britain, said Hong Kong will no longer be treated differently from China in U.S. law.

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