Around a hundred of people dressed in white involved in the Yuen Long attacks that took place on July 21, 2019. Yet, only 37 people have so far been arrested among which seven charged with "taking part in a riot" and "conspiracy to wound with intent" while not a single case has resulted in a guilty verdict.
A recent episode of Hong Kong Connection examined CCTV and media footage of the night and found that many attackers as well as the vehicles which transported them belonged to the members and representatives of villages in Yuen Long but until now, many of them remained at large. The program also uncovered that plainclothes police officers were present among the armed white-clad mob and did nothing to stop the illegal activities.
Police officers only arrived at the scene 39 minutes after 999 calls were made, a response time far exceeding what it normally would while police constables were also seen to have walked away from the scene neglecting their duty to serve and protect thus creating a vacuum. Rather than relying on the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) who is clearly biased in its judgment and the presentation of facts, the dereliction of duty of those officers involved in the operation and decision-making progress should be held accountable before an independent investigation. Not only were the response and the subsequent prosecution process led by the police and the government perfunctory and foot-dragging, the collusion between the police and the violent villagers further exasperated people at home and abroad.
We cannot accept the government’s explanation by merely repeating the findings made in the IPCC report and deplore the Hong Kong authorities for carrying out a hazy job with regard to the Yuen Long attacks.
The Chinese communist tyranny spearheaded with the national security law (NSL) this year despite the staunch opposition of the people and the international community. The implementation of the law completely disregards the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed under the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, as though to comprehensively penalize the existing lifestyle known in Hong Kong. Additionally, the stretch of global jurisdiction of the law is also an export of white terror to the world.
Since its implementation, many all around the world doubt whether it is safe to store information in Hong Kong while many social platforms popular among Hong Kong users such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Google, etc. have stated that they would suspend the sharing of information with the local authorities.
Economically, the message of many overseas companies considering to exit Hong Kong is incessant since the Hong Kong Autonomy Act was signed into law in the U.S. which revokes the special status previously enjoyed by Hong Kong. The New York Times announced last week that it would relocate its digital team from Hong Kong to Seoul following the urge to companies in early-July by the U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to move their headquarters out from Hong Kong.
The NSL is on the brink of turning Hong Kong into a new safe haven for criminals with Australia, Canada and the U.K. suspending the extradition agreement with Hong Kong while a number of other European countries and the U.S. have begun reviewing it.
What is clear is that the greatest enemy standing in the way for Hong Kong’s stability is the Chinese communist tyranny with its long track record of violating international obligations. The Hong Kong Police has been cooperating with the Hong Kong communist authorities in suppressing calls for democracy and liberties from the anti-extradition bill movement to the promulgation of NSL.
The events that took place on July 21 are scars that Hongkongers refuse to forget about. With a dim future ahead clouded by the NSL a year on, we must persevere. Our foundation incorporated the very date of the attacks in our name serving as a lasting reminder of the horror of indiscriminate attacks of that evening, of the freedom warriors fighting for Hong Kong’s democracy and liberties, and of the unity and determination between Hong Kong and our foundation in the time to come.
We demand that the government and pro-Beijing legislators halt the fabrication of lies with regards to what happened on July 21 and reveal the whole and complete truth through the media. We further request that all those responsible for the attacks be charged so as to do justice to Hong Kong.