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US Senator Josh Hawley's statement on Hong Kong turning into a police state totally irresponsible: Carrie Lam

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Hong Kong, , Hong Kong Oct 15, 2019, 09.51 AM (IST)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today that individual US Senators had "preconceived views about Hong Kong's situation" while she slammed Senator Josh Hawley's statement on Hong Kong becoming a "police state" as "totally irresponsible and unfounded".

"As far as individual US Senators coming to Hong Kong, I have to say that I thought their visit to Hong Kong will enable them to see the actual situation in a comprehensive and objective manner but unfortunately, the feedback that I've got is most of them had preconceived views about Hong Kong situation," Carrie Lam said at a press conference.

"Senator (Josh Hawley) to describe Hong Kong as becoming a police state is totally irresponsible and unfounded," the Hong Kong leader asserted.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley on a two-day visit to Hong Kong had warned that the country was becoming a "police state" after he witnessed protests on Sunday.

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"The situation here is urgent," Hawley told reporters, adding, "Hong Kong is in danger of sliding towards a police state, the representative government in Hong Kong is at risk, the one country, two systems model is at risk."

However, Carrie Lam defended police action in Hong Kong even as violence continued on the city streets.

"The Hong Kong police force is a highly professional and civilised force. I challenge every politician to ask themselves if the large extent of violent acts and all those petrol bombs and arson and attacks, the really deadly attacks on policemen, happened in their own country, what would they do? What would their policemen do?" Lam asked.

At the press conference, Lam stated "violence will only breed more violence", adding that it will not provide a solution.

"I have said on many occasions that violence will not give us the solution. Violence will only breed more violence, so for concessions to be made simply because of the escalating violence will only make the situation worse," Lam said.

"On the other hand, we should consider every means to end the violence," she added.