ong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has condemned what she called a “barbaric attack” on the city’s justice minister who was surrounded by protesters and fell to the ground in London on Thursday.
Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, was visiting the UK capital to give a lecture at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As she was walking to the venue, a crowd of protesters gathered around her, shouting out things like: “Murderer!” “Justice secretary, no justice!” and “Shame on you!”
Cheng was also jostled by the angry protesters pursuing her and once fell to the ground.
[BREAKING] Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR Theresa Cheng is attending a event to give a speech but fell on the floor during a protest against her and her government in London#HongKong #HongKongProstest #HongKongProtester #FreedomHK #DemocracyforHongKong pic.twitter.com/L5XYgXNsgX
— Chloe Leung (@chloeleungys) November 14, 2019
The institute ended up calling off the lecture. In a statement, it said that it “deplores the use of violence” and added that Cheng had sustained an injury to her arm in the fall.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government also issued its own statement calling the protesters an “angry mob” who had caused “serious bodily harm” to Cheng. In her own statement, Lam called what had happened a “barbaric act” that violated the principles of civilized society, calling on police to investigate.
In video from the scene, Cheng doesn’t appear to have suffered any visible injuries from the fall. Protesters have accused her of playing the victim while ignoring why she has become the target of such anger.
Serious bodily harm? Like multiple organ lacerations? Depriving others' legitimate rights? Like banning peaceful protests then turning them into dangerous and chaotic and dioxin-filled public health disasters? Denounce #PoliceViolence! #HongKongProtests #Champagne #TeresaCheng pic.twitter.com/SHh57HdHwE
— Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) November 15, 2019