EU calls for restraint on both sides and solution in Hong Kong crisis

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The European Union on Saturday called on both sides of the escalating political stand-off in Hong Kong to enter into talks to find a peaceful solution to the weekslong crisis, POLITICO reports.

“It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected, and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation,” the EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement. “Engagement in a process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders, is essential.

Full Statement: The European Union recalls its close relations with Hong Kong under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and its strong stake in its continued stability and prosperity.

For the last two months, large numbers of citizens have been exercising their fundamental right of assembly. However, there has recently been a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents, with risks of further violence and instability.

It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected, and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation.

Engagement in a process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders, is essential.

Fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly, and Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle, are enshrined in the Basic Law and in international agreements and must continue to be upheld.

The statement comes as violence from both government authorities and local protestors continues to escalate, and tension mounts that Beijing may take greater actions to clamp down on the campaigners — many of whom are calling for democratic elections and greater personal freedoms than are permitted on mainland China.

Via EU/POLITICO

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