Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said that “rioters” are “foreign-trained” at today's Legislative Council session.
Lee said the government's analysis and intelligence-gathering suggest that the methods protesters are using are not the acts of random people, because they are organised.
“We can see their propaganda has many different versions, each action has a script and goals.” he said. “In addition, their resources and gear also cannot be simply organised by a few people.”
He also claimed some foreign organisations “train people to join anti-government activities around the world”, citing unnamed foreign media.
“We believe some of the people engaged in riot activities are trained, perhaps even overseas,” Lee said.
The social unrest started by an unpopular extradition bill has now entered into its seventh month and involved mass protests, street violence, targeted acts of vandalism, petrol bombs, paralysation of public transport, destruction of public property, boycotts of business based on their political stance or funding origins and running battles between police and protesters involving use of pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, deployment of water cannons and live ammunition being used.