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Hong Kong: Demonstrations

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL17980, tabled on 1 October 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of violence towards (1) bystanders, and (2) protestors, in the National Day protests in Hong Kong.

Answered on

8 October 2019

We remain seriously concerned by the situation in Hong Kong, including the violent scenes that occurred on 1 October. It is essential that protests are conducted peacefully and lawfully, and that the response of the authorities is proportionate.

As we have repeatedly made clear, we believe the Hong Kong SAR Government should establish a robust, independent investigation into events. We note that the Independent Police Complaints Council are carrying out an inquiry and we look forward to further details on its scope. Whatever the format of the inquiry, it is crucial that it is credible, transparent, can rebuild trust and help to resolve the current tensions.