Letters | US stand on Hong Kong protest violence betrays its true intent
- Politicians who freely condemn the violence at home but support the rioting in Hong Kong are motivated not by concern for human rights but by hatred of China
Twitter is a private firm that has the right to reject a customer that they think is damaging their country. Twitter has put the country’s stability first. The collective right to social security takes precedence over an individual’s right to freedom of speech. The collective freedom from violence and chaos comes first. I wish Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists possessed Twitter’s wisdom.
Violence is against the law – no matter whether the violence is motivated by a protest against election fraud as Trump declared, by the pursuit of democracy as Hong Kong protesters declared, or by the fight for racial equality as the Black Lives Matter campaigners declared. Nothing justifies violence.
All governments have the responsibility to suppress violence to protect collective human rights. All judges have the responsibility to help restore social order quickly by heavily punishing rioters.
Democratic jurisdictions around the world have condemned the US Capitol riot, but like the US they glorified the violence in Hong Kong.
P.Y. Chan, Ontario, Canada