Catholics Join Calls to End Police Brutality in Hong Kong

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Police detain a group of people after a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong on Jan. 1. (Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP)

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UCANews reporter, Hong Kong, January 3, 2020

Leading Catholics have joined a call from politicians and other top civic figures from 18 countries in urging the Hong Kong government to halt police brutality against anti-government protesters.

In an open letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, they urged her to establish an independent inquiry into police use of force against the protesters, warning they would seek the setting up of an independent international probe if she did not.

Among the Catholics who signed the letter was Cardinal Charles Bo from Myanmar in his capacity as president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, British peer Lord Alton and Dr. John Dayal, former president of the All India Catholic Union and current secretary-general of the All India Christian Council.

They were among 40 signatories of the open letter, who also included former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, Alissa Wahid, daughter of late Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, as well as politicians and civic leaders from Canada, Australia, the United States and Europe.

They urged Lam to ease tensions by talking to the protesters and listening to their demands.  ….

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