“I know that some residents are still hostile to us. In this regard, I told my colleagues that many of these broken relationships and hostility to the police are due to fake news,” Xiao said at the first media briefing since taking office.
“There is no legal definition False news At present, but if there is any legislation that can help us bring these people to justice, as law enforcement officers, we absolutely welcome it,” he added.
Demonstrations in Hong Kong subsided last year due to mass arrests, the coronavirus pandemic, and Beijing’s implementation of the National Security Law. Critics believe the law has been used to curb dissent.
On Friday, three former police officers were promoted to key government positions, former Security Minister John Lee became the city’s new No. 2 official, and the former chief of police succeeded Lee’s security service.