Diplomats warned off intervening in Occupy Central

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Diplomats have been conspiculously absent from street level at the Occupy Central, even as interested observers. Reports of one European and one Latin American diplomat on site have yet to be confirmed. The reason for that could be the following letter that was received by consulates in Hong Kong today. Full text received this morning by diplomats – and Harbour Times/Diplomat.

The full text:

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region presents its compliments to all Consulates-General in the Hong Kong Special Adminsitrative Region and has the honor to inform the latter as follows:

At present, some radical groups in Hong Kong are staging illegal activities of assembly and “Occupy Central”, some acts of violence and legal offenses have occured as a result. The Hong Kong Police is dealing with them in accordance with the law. To ensure the safety of all consular personnel and foreign nationals living in Hong Kong, we hope all Consulates-General in Hong Kong will strictly abide by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and relevant local laws and regulations of Hong Kong, restrain the behaviors of its consular staffs, and advise its nationals living in Hong Kong to stay away from the sites of assembly and “Occupy Central”, so as to avoid violating the law and affecting their own safety and interests.

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region avails itself of this opportunity to renew to all the Consualtes-General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region the assurances of its high consideration.

Hong Kong, Sep. 28, 2014

This friendly reminder is, ‘To ensure the safety of all consular personnel and foreign nationals living in Hong Kong.”

Harbour Times and Diplomat have as of yet to hear of any Consulate going out of their way to advise their nationals to avoid the various Occupations around town.