British academic John Ross condemned the external interference in HK affairs in a recent interview, saying that “the violent demonstrations are not carried out by people who have interests of Hong Kong at heart, but are organized by people from outside the country.”
John Ross, British scholar
It’s obvious that these riots are going to have a negative effect on Hong Kong’s economy. You can already see that in the latest figures. And it will permanently, at least for some time, damage the prosperity of Hong Kong. But these violent demonstrations are not carried out by people who have interests of Hong Kong at heart, these are demonstrations which are organized by people from outside the country. It’s very easy to show this. They (protesters) are coordinated by people from the United States, the leaders of these demonstrations have extremely close links with the United States, and meanwhile with very high levels in the United States. So, some people are misusing what may be some real grievances of people in order to carry out damaging activities for Hong Kong. This is against the interests of everybody and it’s very cynical.
The attack (using democracy as a pretext) is absolutely ridiculous on China, on Hong Kong, on the election of governor for example: The British ruled Hong Kong for slightly over 150 years, and they never allowed the election of governor once, not in any form at all. Now you have the election of governor. When the Britain ran it, there was no election of governor at all. This is completely hypocrisy. It was very well put in China when Lord Patten, former governor criticized the system of democracy in China, Who elected you? Nobody elected him.