Hong Kong protests: calls for an amnesty or a pardon for those convicted must be resisted

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While visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor again ruled out a general amnesty to people arrested over the civil disturbances. She was right to do so, as the idea that people who commit grave crimes should escape their just deserts is repugnant to the rule of law. Had she decided otherwise, the message would have gone out that political violence is less abhorrent than other types of violence.Although advocates of an amnesty invariably point to the one granted to…

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