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The Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) welcomes the ruling by the High Court delivered on Monday (July 10) concerning injunction applications aganist the obstruction of certain roads in Mongkok, as well as the entrance and exit at CITIC Tower in Admiralty. The BPA urges occupiers to comply with the court order. It also fully supports the police in its efforts to uphold the rule of law.
The rule of law is the cornerstone of our society’s success. It is therefore incumbent on us as citizens to uphold and defend this important value. Regrettably, the illegal occupation activities have served to undermine Hong Kong international’s image. We should treasure all that we have in Hong Kong as these were built on the many years of toil and sweat by previous generations. The BPA reiterates its call to protestors to comply with the court ruling, cease their illegal occupation and allow social order to be restored.
“Our economy is beginning to feel the pinch of the protest and this will definitely affect Hong Kong’s economic performance in the fourth quarter,” said Mr Leung Kwan-yuen, BPA Chairman. “The industrial and commercial sectors are worried that the holiday mood would sour if the occupy movement were to extend through to Christmas and the New Year. If small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were to lose out on this busy season, they might be forced to close down.”
Mr Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, BPA Vice Chairman, stressed that the rule of law was an important foundation for Hong Kong. He criticized some legal professionals for behaving irresponsibly by inciting others to ignore the injunction. Some had gone so far as to describe the judge’s ruling as “distorting the rule of law”, which was absolutely unacceptable.
Dr Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, BPA Legislative Councilor, condemned the assertion that any attempt to “break the law and assume responsibility later” was not in contradiction with the rule of law. She described this as twisted logic and said that the spirit behind the rule of law was built on law-abiding conduct. The public should therefore comply with the ruling of the court to avoid undermining the court’s authority.