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Hong Kong

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State 12:42 pm, 2nd July 2019

Yes. In addition to one country, two systems, the same principles about the rule of law that we would apply here should apply in Hong Kong—that is, that peaceful protest is legitimate and violence is something that we condemn. We can quite understand the grievance felt, and the millions of people who have been taking to the streets shows the intensity of that opinion, but in order to be effective protesters must, in their own interests, stick to peaceful protests and not allow a small number of people to destroy the credibility of their actions.