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WorldBeijing calls Hong Kong protests 'riots', supports govt's response

13:11  13 june  2019
13:11  13 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Hong Kong leader defiant as city gears up for fresh protests over extradition bill

Hong Kong leader defiant as city gears up for fresh protests over extradition bill Hong Kong leader defiant as city gears up for fresh protests over extradition bill

Hundreds of protesters camped out in front of the government headquarters well into the night, with more joining them in response to calls from Demosisto and After the protest , the Beijing government blamed "outside interference" and voiced its support to the Hong Kong administration.

Riot police have clashed with protesters in Hong Kong after hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets in a massive demonstration against a proposed extradition law. They fear that a pro - Beijing Hong Kong government would not resist requests of a political nature.

Beijing calls Hong Kong protests 'riots', supports govt's response© AP Photo/Kin Cheung In this Wednesday, June 12, 2019 photo, a man uses his smartphone near the Legislative Council as riot police push protesters away in Hong Kong. Encrypted messaging app Telegram said Thursday that it was hit by a powerful cyberattack from China while massive protests were unfolding in Hong Kong. The attack, which slowed connectivity but did not compromise user data, came as hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to stand trial. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Beijing on Thursday described the mass protests against Hong Kong's extradition bill as "riots", and said it supported the local government's response.

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Hong Kong ' s leaders say it is needed to plug loopholes and to stop the city being a sanctuary for fugitives, and that safeguards are in place to ensure that political critics of Beijing will not be targeted. But many Hong Kongers have little faith in the government ' s assurances after years of heightened

Hong Kong ' s Chief Executive Carrie Lam criticised protests against a proposed bill that would allow extradition to China, calling them "organised riots ". Ms Lam' s government has backed the bill, which is also supported by China. The Hong Kong government has said there will be legally binding

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up crowds Wednesday after demonstrators -- angry over legislation they say would leave people vulnerable to China's politicised justice system -- blocked roads and brought the city to a standstill.

Videos of Hong Kong police beating unarmed protesters have also sparked accusations of brutality.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam and other city officials "have already spoken on the latest state of affairs, pointing out that what happened in the Admiralty area was not a peaceful rally, but a riot organised by a group."

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Riot police ringed Hong Kong ' s legislature and fought back a hardcore group of several hundred The protests plunged Hong Kong into political crisis, just as months of pro -democracy “Occupy” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that Beijing would

China says it will continue to support Hong Kong government to pass an extradition law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a daily news briefing in Beijing after more than one million people protested in the city to thwart a proposal that would allow suspects to be sent

"I think that any act that undermines Hong Kong's prosperity and stability goes against Hong Kong mainstream public opinion," Geng said at a regular press briefing.

"We support the Hong Kong government's dealing with the situation in accordance with the law."

Wednesday's violence left 79 people hurt, with two in serious condition, in the worst political unrest since Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997.

Police insisted the force was necessary to fend off protesters throwing bricks and metal bars.

But critics said officers used localised violence by small groups of hardcore activists to launch an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful protesters who had taken over parts of the city on Wednesday.

Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.

Chinese foreign minister claims 'black hand' of Western involvement in Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused the "black hand" of Western forces of attempting to use recent mass demonstrations in Hong Kong to "stir up trouble" in the city. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); An estimated 2 million people hit the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the government and an extradition bill which critics allege could see the city's residents sent to face trial in China's opaque criminal justice system.

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