Hong Kong: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in Hong Kong on potential collaboration between Hong Kong police and organised crime groups in response to recent protests.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The violence we have seen in Hong Kong is unacceptable. We should not speculate on the identity of violent groups until a thorough investigation has taken place. We welcome Carrie Lam’s statement on 22 July saying she has asked the Commissioner of Police to investigate the incident at Yuen Long MTR station fully and pursue the lawbreakers.

We also note the announcement of a special inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Council into recent events in Hong Kong. We look forward to the publication of further details about the scope and composition of the investigation.

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