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‘Listen carefully’ to concerns, Freeland says as China calls protesters ‘near’ terrorists

As China condemns pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong as participating in “near-terrorist acts,” Canada’s International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it is important for governments to take heed to their folks – and “it’s a mistake” do anything.

Talking at a press convention in Toronto on Wednesday, Freeland was pressed on whether or not China labelling protestors as “terrorists” was, in her view, regarding.

“You will never go wrong, as a government, when you listen carefully to the concerns of your people,” Freeland stated.

“It can be tempting to label those concerns not an expression of a genuine desire of people, but to label it as something else – I think that when it comes to how we try to practise politics in Canada, it’s a mistake to do that.”

Flights have resumed in Hong Kong after protestors stalled journey on the worldwide airport as part of their pro-democracy demonstrations. Police and protestors have been concerned in violent clashes and over 600 folks have been arrested because the Chinese language navy amasses on the Hong Kong border.

Chatting with the 300,000 Canadians dwelling in Hong Kong, Freeland stated Canada is watching.

“This is a turbulent moment in the world and one of the responsibilities of the Government of Canada in turbulent times is to pay particular attention to Canadians who find themselves either as residents or as visitors to places where there is turbulence,” she stated Wednesday.

Freeland additionally beneficial Canadians seek the advice of the federal government’s journey recommendation earlier than heading to Hong Kong, including that the federal government is “very intentional” concerning the journey recommendation it offers.

Canada’s journey advisory for Hong Kong was up to date Wednesday morning. It warns Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling to the area, particularly figuring out the “ongoing large-scale demonstrations” as a supply of threat.

The Canadian consulate in Hong Kong is “very active,” in keeping with Freeland. She advised Canadians within the area to “feel free to get in touch.”

“We are there to support Canadians around the world.” Freeland stated.


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