OPINIONS Observer: The judiciary system must stand with justice to safeguard HK

OPINIONS

Observer: The judiciary system must stand with justice to safeguard HK

By Bo Lanping | People's Daily app

11:36, October 07, 2019

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It is difficult to fathom how the more extreme protestors rampage through the streets while the innocent suffer. A city known for its freedom has been flooded with crime and violence. Hong Kong, a city and home we were once familiar with and always cherished, is no longer safe.

The reason why the protestors are behaving with vicious unrestraint and have continued on the wrong path is a result of how others have indulged them for quite some time.

Within a few months, the protestors have gone from throwing bricks to attacking police officers, and from damaging property to vandalizing and destroying bank buildings. They have engaged in "flash mob" activities while abusing and beating residents. This uptick in violence among the demonstrators is the product of boots-on-the-ground experience and outsiders who indulge their violent behavior while remaining blind to the errors of their ways. 

And it's also a consequence of the judiciary system failing to enforce the rule of law when handling the protesters.Without enhancing the rule of law, curbing the ongoing violence would be impossible.

Since June, the protests have yielded nearly 2,000 arrests. However, most of those who were arrested are free on bail. Many have argued that if they had been brought to justice, there would be fewer students joining the protests. Others have wondered when Hong Kong's embattled judiciary system will work with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government to address public expectations and save the city from destruction.

"When the nest is overturned, no eggs can stay unbroken." Hong Kong is our home. And 7.5 million Hong Kongers share one future. Rioters have repeatedly challenged the boundaries and poked their black hands into every aspect of society. Some lawyers representing the opposition camp alleged publicly that laws don't necessarily represent justice and no one should have any delusion about laws. Early on, they even organized rallies in front of the court to speak for the prosecuted rioters. How can you believe that these rioters who acted with no boundaries will recognize the rule of law? After the social order has been disturbed multiple times, how can the judicial department, whose mission is to defend the rule of law, remain unaffected and stand by?

The rioter who bit off a police officer's finger will be brought to trial on October 8. The day has come too late. Moreover, people don't want to see the ruling once again pardon rioters' crimes easily. The judiciary system is both capable of ending violence and responsible for restoring social order. It should bring the ongoing violence over the last four months to justice and let peace and stability return to Hong Kong.

Rioters have fully waged a war on Hong Kong’s rule of law. The police and the judiciary system should do their job to fight against violence and safeguard Hong Kong's rule of law. There's reason to believe that one day violence will be ended and prosperity will return to Hong Kong. The judiciary system must stand with justice in order to safeguard Hong Kong. Hong Kong's judiciary system should know that "failing to enforce the rule of law will eventually cause trouble to the enforcement officials". It concerns not only the future of Hong Kong, but also the survival and dignity of Hong Kong's judiciary system.

(Compiled by Ryan Yaoran Yu, Paris Yelu Xu and Bowen Li)

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