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Hong Kong: Emergency Powers - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Conservative 3:08 pm, 7th October 2019

Does my noble friend agree that, while we are absolutely right to argue strongly for the right to peaceful protest and to say that we have the right to talk directly with Beijing about the conditions of the original joint declaration, we cannot condone actions that involve throwing rocks and petrol bombs, smashing up legislatures, blocking the airport and moving from peaceful protest to outright violence? There are those who point out, as, indeed, my noble friend Lord Patten has, that this is the path to the self-destruction of Hong Kong as millions of dollars will leave the area as no one will invest there. We should point out to the Government of Hong Kong and the protesters in Hong Kong that they are destroying themselves.