(I saw) People in black in masks with weapons， beating up people on the street and smashing the MTR， and smashing businesses. My reaction was this is not the Hong Kong that I knew. And this is not the Hong Kong that can be. Hong Kong is this multinational mixing pot there of all sorts of people who want to do business in a place that has rule of law. Right? It's one of the freest places in the world. It allows these different ecosystems to come together and create all sorts of magic. We've worked so hard in Hong Kong over the last few decades to create a wealthy， happy place. And these people don't understand what it takes to build this the city and they're destroying it.
(One person told me) It seems like these people using violence have never gone hungry. They've never had a real challenge with knowing where are they going to live， how are they going to pay the bills. I can understand young people who feel they have no way out， who feel trapped and who do not have the emotional skills， the intellectual skills to manage that. I feel very very sad that this destruction is being done. I feel very sad for the people doing it. So I think there's actually an issue here with a lack of ability to introspect， a lack of ability to honestly look at one's own behaviors to honestly examine one's own thinking.
Violence should never be used as a means towards an end. Violence in some rare occasions in self-defense can be justified. Beyond that， using violence for political outcomes should never be tolerated. Using violent instead of trying to understand the situation should never be tolerated
People as a whole in Hong Kong have been very respectful of the police， and will follow police instructions and it's all been very very civilized. I think the Hong Kong police have been extremely restrained(in handling the riots). I've seen video of Paris and other parts in France， and (the police there)they're certainly not constrained I've seen them taking pepper spray to people in wheelchairs. I've seen them literally beating people unconscious who were running away. These levels of violence by the police on the population in France I think it's unacceptable.
And we absolutely do not have that here in Hong Kong. I saw a video of somebody in the US， a big black guy (who was) drunk， I think， with a stick. And one policeman with a gun on him. And he took a swing at the policeman with the stick， with like this much distance， a metre at least， away from the guy， and the policeman emptied a magazine into him. Just shot him dead on the street. Completely unacceptable.
Hong Kong police are trying to keep the peace and not hurt anybody. And that has been taken advantage of. And what we have now a little bit is a situation of guerrilla warfare. And I hope people actually back off and start to think rationally about this， because the Hong Kong police force is charged with the security of people and all property in this city. And they cannot stand back and allow one group of people to beat the crap out of other people just because they have a different viewpoint. That is unacceptable. That destroys freedom of speech in Hong Kong. Allowing this level of violence to continue and to escalate is destroying freedom of speech in Hong Kong.