Commentary: Hong Kong rioters must be severely punished for beating reporter

A Global Times reporter who went to report on the current chaos in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) was tied up, insulted, and beaten by radicals in Hong Kong International Airport on the evening of Aug. 13.

The news provoked widespread outrage in China. Many Chinese lost sleep, worrying about the life of reporter Fu Guohao.

These rioters, who have thrown gasoline bombs at police, hurt tourists from the Chinese mainland, and brutally beaten this reporter, have defied every law and regulation. What they have done is appalling and intolerable.

In contrast to the savage acts of the rioters, Fu’s bravery and integrity were admirable. Facing the rioters who surrounded him, Fu shouted, “I support Hong Kong police, you can beat me now.”

When he was finally brought out of the airport, while lying on a stretcher, Fu said “I love Hong Kong, thank you, thank you,” which shows the love this reporter feels for his country and Hong Kong SAR despite the rioters.

Insulting and attacking a member of the press is unforgivable. The rioters have trampled on journalistic ethics and civil rights. They have broken the bottom lines of morality and the law. All rioters must be severely punished.

Stopping the violence, ending the chaos and restoring order is the priority for Hong Kong right now. Hong Kong police announced in a statement that “radicals have caused physical and mental damage to the victims”, and that “the Hong Kong police will carry out an in-depth investigation into the cases,” stressing that they “will be sure to bring the attackers to justice”.

It’s touching to see more and more people stepping out to say no to violence, rioters, and criminal acts. The power of justice is converging!

As the old saying goes, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” What awaits the mob is surely the punishment of the law.

The disgusting conduct of the radicals can neither frighten the people who have a sense of justice nor obstruct the determination of Hong Kong to maintain stability. Justice will prevail over evil. Hong Kong will see a better tomorrow!