Hong Kong Banks urge restoration of ‘harmony’
Several major Hong Kong banks released full-page press advertisements calling for law and order to be kept in Hong Kong and for violence to be condemned, as weeks of demonstrations indicate no hint of subsiding.
Standard Chartered said the bank-backed the Special Administrative Region Government in its publicity on Thursday to maintain social order and to “keep Hong Kong’s position as an International Financial Centre.”
HSBC indicated that all sides need to address dispute rather than violence through communication. In their advertising, neither HSBC nor the Bank of East Asia related to the state.
On Wednesday, thousands of Hong Kong residents protested against the government in a suburban subway station where protesters were assaulted last month by a crowd of white Shirts. On Wednesday, protestors at the subway station were furious that nobody had been charged for such violence.
The standoff ended short of the latest heavy policing conflicts that refused to use blow gas or attempt to tempest demonstrators. Only one rock was seen touching a police shield, and before noon most people went back.
Anger exploded in June over a now suspended bill that would allow Hong Kong victims to be deported to Mainland China for prosecution but has since become one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most significant populist issues since taking office in 2012.
Unrest has been fueled by broader concerns regarding the deterioration of liberties secured under the’ one nation, two societies ‘ model passed in 1997 following Hong Kong’s transfer to China but not in the continent, including an autonomous justice and the freedom to demonstrate.
In the coming decades, there will be a reunion of anti-government demonstrations, including a student meeting Thursday, and a further strike in neighbourhoods across the town in mid-September.
Continued demonstrations could deepen the effect of the Bank of East Asia on the city economy, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, advised the Bank on Wednesday that the first-half net profit from lending reported in China would fall by 75 per cent.
The demonstrations already have to do with the economy and tourism of Hong Kong, with the Asian financial hub on the brink of the first recession in the space of a century.
Leader Carrie Lam of Hong Kong on Tuesday affirmed that the law on extradition was gone, but paused until the Bill had been revoked as protestors requested.
Protesters call for an independent inquiry, for the protest description to be stopped as “rioting,” for charges against those who have been arrested and the political reform to be resumed.
In latest decades, protests that at moments took over a million individuals onto the roads include a storm in the parliament and significant airport disruptions and violence.
Beijing responded strongly, accusing overseas nations, including the USA, of fostering turmoil. China has also issued definite warnings that vigorous action with guerrilla powers in neighbouring Shenzhen is feasible.
On Wednesday, China revealed that Chinese nationals employed at the British Hong Kong Consulate were arrested in Shenzhen for breaking the law, probably worsening connections between Beijing and London.
Britain said it was “anxious” by the news that employee Simon Cheng did not go back to work on 9 August. The relatives of Cheng on Wednesday said that they still did not understand where and why Simon was being held.
“We call on the media to support Simon’s problem to assist find why he is arrested and to guarantee his release as quickly as feasible.”