Hong Kong Security Bureau refutes smears against police actions

A bureau spokesman reiterated that all law enforcement actions are strictly based on evidence and the law.


Police guard outside the high court in Hong Kong on Aug 27, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP)

June 6, 2023

HONG KONG – The Security Bureau strongly opposed on Monday the unfounded and false accusations made by a students’ group against police law enforcement actions on Saturday.

In a statement, a spokesman for the bureau condemned the National Taiwan University Graduate Students Association for disregarding the facts, confusing right and wrong, and attempting to shift the focus by smearing the lawful actions of the police.

“Hong Kong is governed by the rule of law where laws must be observed and lawbreakers will be held to account in accordance with the law. No one is above the law,” the spokesman said.

The bureau spokesman reiterated that all enforcement actions taken by law enforcement agencies are based on evidence, strictly according to the law and for the acts of the people or organizations concerned, and have nothing to do with their political stance or background

The association had criticized the arrest of an NTU student in Causeway Bay on Saturday, when the police arrested four persons for causing disorder in public places and committing an act or acts “with seditious intent”.

The bureau spokesman reiterated that all law enforcement actions are strictly based on evidence and the law and have nothing to do with a suspect’s political stance or background.

“Hong Kong residents enjoy the rights and freedoms under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and other relevant laws,” the spokesman said.

He said the National Security Law for Hong Kong clearly stipulates that human rights shall be respected and protected in safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the rights and freedoms that Hong Kong residents enjoy under the Basic Law and international conventions shall be protected.

“However, members of the public must abide by the law, not affect social order, and maintain national security when exercising these freedoms,” the spokesman said.

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