'Important day for rule of law': Beijing's man in Hong Kong hails Umbrella Movement guilty verdicts
Hongkongfp.com - Mon 15 Apr 22:58 GMT

The director of Beijing’s office in Hong Kong has praised a local court’s decision to convict nine activists in relation to the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. “April 9 is undoubtedly an important day for demonstrating Hong Kong’s rule of law,” said Wan…

'Important day for rule of law': Beijing's man in Hong Kong hails Umbrella Movement guilty verdicts

  “April 9 is undoubtedly an important day for demonstrating Hong Kong’s rule of law,” said Wang Zhimin on Monday.

  Speaking at a forum hosted by the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, Wang drew a direct connection between the verdict and national security.

  While he stopped short of asking for the legislation of Basic Law Article 23 – which requires Hong Kong to enact laws to ensure national security – Wang said the city had no special exemption when it comes to protecting national security.

  Wang’s comments were echoed by Deng Zhonghua, a deputy director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, who came to Hong Kong to attend the forum.

  At the event, Chief Executive Carrie Lam also revealed that she was in the final stages of compiling a report on the ban of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP).