China appoints a new head of the Hong Kong Police before the resurgence of protests

Hong Kong Police disperse protesters against extradition law – REUTERS / EDGAR SU – Archive


The State Council of China on Tuesday named Tang Ping Keung, the new head of the Hong Kong Police in the face of the resurgence of protests that hit the Chinese special administrative region for five months.

China appoints a new head of the Hong Kong Police before the resurgence of protests
China appoints a new head of the Hong Kong Police before the resurgence of protests

Tang, also known as Chris Tang, will replace Lo Wai Chung, who has retired, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The decision has been taken in accordance with the Basic Law – the constitution of Hong Kong -, legal text with which the region returned to be under Chinese sovereignty in 1997, and following the recommendations of the head of Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam .

Shortly after his appointment, Tang has lamented that “fake news”, also known as 'fake news', is undermining the reputation of security forces.

Thus, he has expressed concern about the fact that the Police are the “only ones”. “Enough is enough,” he said before pointing out that “whatever your beliefs, do not glorify the violence … do not allow them to radicalize further.”

“If someone had condemned the violence before, society would not have resulted in this over five months. We can only end the disturbances if society condemns them,” he said.

Lam, meanwhile, has highlighted Tang's great experience in criminal investigation, as well as in the launch of operations. “He has a distinguished performance and has proven leadership skills. I am sure he will lead the police force to face the challenges ahead,” he said.

Protests in Hong Kong broke out last June against a controversial bill of extradition to mainland China. Lam finally withdrew the bill but the demonstrations have continued with greater demands, including universal suffrage.

Violence in Hong Kong has thus become the biggest challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who came to power in 2012 and insists that the local government can resolve the crisis.

The protesters, angry at what they consider an interference of the Chinese Government in the former British colony, have argued that they are responding to the excessive use of force by the security forces.

Beijing, meanwhile, has rejected any kind of intervention in Hong Kong affairs and blamed the situation on the influence of third countries.

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