China accuses Hong Kong protesters of harming the prosperity of the city during & # 39; revolution such as the Arab Spring & # 39;

The central government of China today reiterated its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, as well as the city's police, and called on Hong Kong people to resist violence after another weekend of clashes between protesters and police.

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Hong Kong has been rocked in the last two months by protests against a bill that can extradite people from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts on mainland China.

The massive opposition to the bill has turned into a broader pro-democracy movement that has shed the biggest challenge to the authority of Beijing since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The Chinese Council of State's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office stated at an extremely rare press conference in Beijing that Hong Kong government and society needed to devise more effective ways to help young people address housing, employment and other issues.

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters defied the authorities on Sunday evening to hold an unsealed march through Hong Kong, the day after the riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse another illegal gathering, causing the financial hub to get deeper into a crisis. The central government of China today reiterated its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, as well as the city's police, and called on Hong Kong people to resist violence

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters defied the authorities on Sunday evening to hold an unsealed march through Hong Kong, the day after the riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse another illegal gathering, causing the financial hub to get deeper into a crisis. The central government of China today reiterated its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, as well as the city's police, and called on Hong Kong people to resist violence

The riot police shoot tear gas at protesters during a protest in the Sai Wan district in Hong Kong on Sunday. Hong Kong has been rocked in the last two months by protests against a bill that could extradite people from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts on mainland China

The riot police shoot tear gas at protesters during a protest in the Sai Wan district in Hong Kong on Sunday. Hong Kong has been rocked in the last two months by protests against a bill that could extradite people from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts on mainland China

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The riot police shoot tear gas at protesters during a protest in the Sai Wan district in Hong Kong on Sunday. Hong Kong has been rocked in the last two months by protests against a bill that could extradite people from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts on mainland China

The massive opposition to the bill has turned into a broader pro-democracy movement that has shed the biggest challenge to the authority of Beijing since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997

The massive opposition to the bill has turned into a broader pro-democracy movement that has shed the biggest challenge to the authority of Beijing since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997

The massive opposition to the bill has turned into a broader pro-democracy movement that has shed the biggest challenge to the authority of Beijing since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997

The Chinese Council of State's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office stated at an extremely rare press conference in Beijing that Hong Kong government and society needed to devise more effective ways to help young people address housing, employment and other issues. Yang Guang (above), the office spokesperson, convicted protesters who used violence

The Chinese Council of State's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office stated at an extremely rare press conference in Beijing that Hong Kong government and society needed to devise more effective ways to help young people address housing, employment and other issues. Yang Guang (above), the office spokesperson, convicted protesters who used violence

The Chinese Council of State's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office stated at an extremely rare press conference in Beijing that Hong Kong government and society needed to devise more effective ways to help young people address housing, employment and other issues. Yang Guang (above), the office spokesperson, convicted protesters who used violence

Yang Guang, the office spokesperson, convicted protesters who used violence.

& # 39; The rule of law is what the people of Hong Kong are proud of. Violence is violence; illegal acts are illegal. It doesn't change, whatever the goal is. Central government supports the relevant ministries and police to protect the rule of law & # 39 ;, he said, adding that & # 39; radical demonstrators & # 39; caused more than 20 injuries, including an officer who had bitten his finger.

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Yang also reiterated that & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; the best way is to control Hong Kong and the central government will not change the direction of the model.

He also quoted three main lines of the model: no damage to national security, no challenge to Hong Kong's central government and basic law, and no use of Hong Kong as a basis to undermine China.

China said Monday that attempts by what it calls some irresponsible figures in the West to generate turbulence in Hong Kong and curb China's development are failing. Yang Guang, spokesperson for China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, made the comments during a media briefing in Beijing

China said Monday that attempts by what it calls some irresponsible figures in the West to generate turbulence in Hong Kong and curb China's development are failing. Yang Guang, spokesperson for China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, made the comments during a media briefing in Beijing

China said Monday that attempts by what it calls some irresponsible figures in the West to generate turbulence in Hong Kong and curb China's development are failing. Yang Guang, spokesperson for China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, made the comments during a media briefing in Beijing

A woman protects herself after the police fired a tear gas at her during a Sunday protest. The police have repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back protesters who block the streets of Hong Kong with road signs and umbrellas on Sunday in another night of battles as protests for democracy on Chinese territory

A woman protects herself after the police fired a tear gas at her during a Sunday protest. The police have repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back protesters who block the streets of Hong Kong with road signs and umbrellas on Sunday in another night of battles as protests for democracy on Chinese territory

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A woman protects herself after the police fired a tear gas at her during a Sunday protest. The police have repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back protesters who block the streets of Hong Kong with road signs and umbrellas on Sunday in another night of battles as protests for democracy on Chinese territory

For more than seven weeks, protesters went to the streets of Hong Kong, initially demanding the demolition of a proposed extradition law that would send suspects to China for trial. The legislation is seen as a threat to the freedoms of Hong Kong that were guaranteed for 50 years when China took back control of the former British colony in 1997

For more than seven weeks, protesters went to the streets of Hong Kong, initially demanding the demolition of a proposed extradition law that would send suspects to China for trial. The legislation is seen as a threat to the freedoms of Hong Kong that were guaranteed for 50 years when China took back control of the former British colony in 1997

For more than seven weeks, protesters went to the streets of Hong Kong, initially demanding the demolition of a proposed extradition law that would send suspects to China for trial. The legislation is seen as a threat to the freedoms of Hong Kong that were guaranteed for 50 years when China took back control of the former British colony in 1997

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back to the riot police during a demonstration on Sunday

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back to the riot police during a demonstration on Sunday

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back to the riot police during a demonstration on Sunday

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Yang said the central government is calling on various sectors to vigorously resist violence, protect the rule of law, and ask society to resolve political conflicts as quickly as possible.

Attempts by & # 39; irresponsible figures & # 39; in the West to induce turbulence in Hong Kong and curtail China's development will fail, he added.

In an editorial article on Monday, the state-run newspaper China Daily signaled the growing concern in Beijing.

& # 39; What is happening in Hong Kong is no longer broadcasting real or imagined grievances, & # 39; said the editors.

& # 39; It is the same color as the color revolutions deployed in the Middle East and North Africa – local anti-government elements that work with external forces to overthrow governments with modern communication technology to spread rumors, distrust and fear & # 39;

In an editorial article on Monday, the state-run newspaper China Daily signaled the growing concern in Beijing. & # 39; What is happening in Hong Kong is no longer broadcasting real or imagined grievances, & # 39; said the editors
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In an editorial article on Monday, the state-run newspaper China Daily signaled the growing concern in Beijing. & # 39; What is happening in Hong Kong is no longer broadcasting real or imagined grievances, & # 39; said the editors

In an editorial article on Monday, the state-run newspaper China Daily signaled the growing concern in Beijing. & # 39; What is happening in Hong Kong is no longer broadcasting real or imagined grievances, & # 39; said the editors

Earlier Sunday, protesters gathered in a park in Hong Kong's financial district before marching in different directions, despite not winning police approval for a public procession. It was the second consecutive day that protesters took to the streets without official permission

Earlier Sunday, protesters gathered in a park in Hong Kong's financial district before marching in different directions, despite not winning police approval for a public procession. It was the second consecutive day that protesters took to the streets without official permission

Earlier Sunday, protesters gathered in a park in Hong Kong's financial district before marching in different directions, despite not winning police approval for a public procession. It was the second consecutive day that protesters took to the streets without official permission

Police said they had arrested at least 49 people during Sunday's protests for violations, including unauthorized assembly and possession of assault weapons. Medical authorities said 16 people were injured

Police said they had arrested at least 49 people during Sunday's protests for violations, including unauthorized assembly and possession of assault weapons. Medical authorities said 16 people were injured

Police said they had arrested at least 49 people during Sunday's protests for violations, including unauthorized assembly and possession of assault weapons. Medical authorities said 16 people were injured

Riot police officers pinned a demonstrator to the ground while arresting him during a Sunday demonstration

Riot police officers pinned a demonstrator to the ground while arresting him during a Sunday demonstration

Riot police officers pinned a demonstrator to the ground while arresting him during a Sunday demonstration

In a commentary published today, the state-run People & Daily called on Hong Kong police to take immediate and vigorous action to put an end to the unrest and order in the city.

& # 39; We cannot approve the lawbreakers just because they hold the flag of & # 39; freedom and democracy & # 39; uphold or the hat of & # 39; civil disobedience & # 39; wear, & # 39; it said.

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The article reiterated Beijing's assertion that anti-government protests in Hong Kong had been instigated by Western armed forces, and supported the claim by citing statements from the US Department of Foreign Affairs about respecting freedom of expression and assembly & # 39; by the demonstrators.

The press conference was the first time the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office held a press conference about the city since the 1997 transfer.

& # 39; The rule of law is what the people of Hong Kong are proud of. Violence is violence; illegal acts are illegal. It doesn't change, whatever the goal is. The central government supports the relevant government departments and police to protect the rule of law & # 39 ;, Yang Guang said, adding that & # 39; radical demonstrators & # 39; caused more than 20 injuries, including an officer who had bitten his finger

& # 39; The rule of law is what the people of Hong Kong are proud of. Violence is violence; illegal acts are illegal. It doesn't change, whatever the goal is. The central government supports the relevant government departments and police to protect the rule of law & # 39 ;, Yang Guang said, adding that & # 39; radical demonstrators & # 39; caused more than 20 injuries, including an officer who had bitten his finger

& # 39; The rule of law is what the people of Hong Kong are proud of. Violence is violence; illegal acts are illegal. It doesn't change, whatever the goal is. The central government supports the relevant government departments and police to protect the rule of law & # 39 ;, Yang Guang said, adding that & # 39; radical demonstrators & # 39; caused more than 20 injuries, including an officer who had bitten his finger

Riot police are moving on Sunday to protesters using tear gas outside the Western District police station in Hong Kong

Riot police are moving on Sunday to protesters using tear gas outside the Western District police station in Hong Kong

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Riot police are moving on Sunday to protesters using tear gas outside the Western District police station in Hong Kong

Riot police and demonstrators during a confrontation in Sheung Wan on Sunday evening. The unprecedented protests with enormous attendance - as well as clashes and the plundering of parliament - have had little luck convincing the leaders of Beijing or Hong Kong

Riot police and demonstrators during a confrontation in Sheung Wan on Sunday evening. The unprecedented protests with enormous attendance - as well as clashes and the plundering of parliament - have had little luck in convincing the leaders of Beijing or Hong Kong

Riot police and demonstrators during a confrontation in Sheung Wan on Sunday evening. The unprecedented protests with enormous attendance – as well as clashes and the plundering of parliament – have had little luck in convincing the leaders of Beijing or Hong Kong

Beijing has issued shrill convictions over the past two weeks, but left it to the government of the city to address the situation

Beijing has issued shrill convictions over the past two weeks, but left it to the government of the city to address the situation

Beijing has issued shrill convictions over the past two weeks, but left it to the government of the city to address the situation

Huge crowds made their way through the streets of the main island (photo) in a now familiar scene, but Sunday's marches had an important difference - the police had banned them
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Huge crowds made their way through the streets of the main island (photo) in a now familiar scene, but Sunday's marches had an important difference - the police had banned them

Huge crowds made their way through the streets of the main island (photo) in a now familiar scene, but Sunday's marches had an important difference – the police had banned them

That follows another weekend of clashes between protesters and police, who again fired rubber bullets and tear gas as the demonstrations become more violent.

Police attempted to defend China's main representative office in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second consecutive weekend, with the building near the heart of the city fortified with barricades.

Police said they had arrested at least 49 people during Sunday's protests for violations, including unauthorized assembly and possession of assault weapons. Medical authorities said 16 people were injured.

Police said protesters were hurling bricks, bottles, paint bombs, corrosive liquids and using a crossbow to fire metal ball bearings. Bows and arrows were also recovered from the scene later, the force said.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said today in a statement that the UK condemns any violence, but the right to peaceful protest must be respected.

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border

Police said protesters were hurling bricks, bottles, paint bombs, corrosive liquids and using a crossbow to fire metal ball bearings. Bows and arrows were also recovered from the scene later, the force said

Police said protesters were hurling bricks, bottles, paint bombs, corrosive liquids and using a crossbow to fire metal ball bearings. Bows and arrows were also recovered from the scene later, the force said

Police said protesters were hurling bricks, bottles, paint bombs, corrosive liquids and using a crossbow to fire metal ball bearings. Bows and arrows were also recovered from the scene later, the force said

The main streets of the city looked like a war zone, while tear gas was fired at the demonstrators again (photo). today they came again prepared with gas masks for the protest

The main streets of the city looked like a war zone, while tear gas was fired at the demonstrators again (photo). today they came again prepared with gas masks for the protest

The main streets of the city looked like a war zone, while tear gas was fired at the demonstrators again (photo). today they came again prepared with gas masks for the protest

Sunday's violence came a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who were forbidden to rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs in a town near the Chinese mainland border.

The gangs had beaten up demonstrators of democracy there last weekend.

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The police made 13 arrests that day, while the hospital authorities said a total of 24 people were injured, two seriously.

Despite the unprecedented levels of public anger and frustration that have caused millions of people to take to the streets, the pro-Beijing leadership of the city has been unable or unwilling to end the chaos.

Despite facing unprecedented levels of public anger and frustration that have led millions to take to the streets, the pro-Beijing leadership of the city has been unable or unwilling to end the chaos

Despite facing unprecedented levels of public anger and frustration that have led millions to take to the streets, the pro-Beijing leadership of the city has been unable or unwilling to end the chaos

Despite facing unprecedented levels of public anger and frustration that have led millions to take to the streets, the pro-Beijing leadership of the city has been unable or unwilling to end the chaos

Riot police officers take a break on the side of the road after they have taken the protesters out of the area after a rally

Riot police officers take a break on the side of the road after they have taken the protesters out of the area after a rally

Riot police officers take a break on the side of the road after they have taken the protesters out of the area after a rally

Pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo said the city is now trapped in a & # 39; vicious circle & # 39; where huge peaceful marches ignored by the government end with violence between police and small groups of hardcore demonstrators

Pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo said the city is now trapped in a & # 39; vicious circle & # 39; where huge peaceful marches ignored by the government end with violence between police and small groups of hardcore demonstrators

Pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo said the city is now trapped in a & # 39; vicious circle & # 39; where huge peaceful marches ignored by the government end with violence between police and small groups of hardcore demonstrators

& # 39; You see violence escalating on both sides. But then this is a huge imbalance because the police are in possession of deadly weapons. This is a summary of Hong Kong today, & she told AFP

& # 39; You see violence escalating on both sides. But then this is a huge imbalance because the police are in possession of deadly weapons. This is a summary of Hong Kong today, & she told AFP

& # 39; You see violence escalating on both sides. But then this is a huge imbalance because the police are in possession of deadly weapons. This is a summary of Hong Kong today, & she told AFP

The demonstrations were triggered by a now suspended law that would have permitted extraditions to mainland China, but has evolved into a call for broader democratic reforms and a halt to eroding liberties.

In a direct challenge for Beijing, the demonstrators have seized opportunities to attack and harm symbols of China's sovereignty over Hong Kong.

Pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo said the city is now trapped in a & # 39; vicious circle & # 39; where huge peaceful marches ignored by the government end with violence between police and small groups of hardcore demonstrators.

& # 39; You see violence escalating on both sides. But then this is a huge imbalance because the police are in possession of deadly weapons. This is a summary of Hong Kong today, & she told AFP.

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