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WorldBeijing voices support for the Hong Kong government and an inquiry into unrest

08:15  03 july  2019
08:15  03 july  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Hong Kong protesters continue to demonstrate as leader hides from public

Hong Kong protesters continue to demonstrate as leader hides from public Hong Kong protestors in opposition to their legislation’s proceedings demonstrated outside their Department of Justice’s headquarters on Thursday to support judicial independence against China – their leader has remained out of public sight for a second week in a row.

Beijing has trod carefully since massive protests erupted last month over a bill that would allow extraditions to the mainland, voicing support for the Hong Kong government without directly intervening and blaming “foreign forces” for the unrest . But protesters may have pushed Beijing ’s

Beijing has trod carefully since massive protests erupted last month over a bill that would allow extraditions to the mainland, voicing support for the Hong Kong government without directly intervening and blaming “foreign forces” for the unrest . But protesters may have pushed Beijing ’s

Beijing voices support for the Hong Kong government and an inquiry into unrest© Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images AsiaPac/TNS Police fire tear gas as they charge toward protesters outside the Legislative Council Complex on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Hong Kong, China. (Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

HONG KONG - China's central government on Tuesday condemned Hong Kong protesters who smashed their way into the legislative chambers a day earlier, while demonstrators used social media to illustrate their fears of dangerous confrontations with police.

Beijing officials said they supported the semiautonomous territory's government and its police, including an investigation of the protest and the treatment of some participants as criminals for illegal acts of violence.

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Beijing has trod carefully since massive protests erupted last month over a bill that would allow extraditions to the mainland, voicing support for the Hong Kong government without directly intervening and blaming "foreign forces" for the unrest . But protesters may have pushed Beijing 's

Beijing has trod carefully since massive protests erupted last month over a bill that would allow extraditions to the mainland, voicing support for the Hong Kong government without directly intervening and blaming “foreign forces” for the unrest . But protesters may have pushed Beijing ’s

Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong said the damage to the legislative chamber by those who charged the building was stunning.

"No slogan, no demand can justify this violence," said lawmaker Regina Ip.

Hundreds of thousands had marched peacefully across the city on Monday - the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese control - in protest of an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong to send suspected criminals to mainland China for trial. But hundreds of protesters in another part of the city smashed their way into the legislative building and vandalized its central chamber.

Pro-democracy lawmakers outside the legislative building said Tuesday that they didn't condone vandalism, but also appealed to the public to try to understand the desperation felt by some protesters.

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Police carrying riot shields and firing tear gas moved in shortly after midnight to clear protesters, who hours earlier, swarmed into the legislature's main building. (July 1) AP, AP.

However, Beijing has voiced its backing for the changes. Why are Hong Kongers so angry? Many Hong Kongers fear the proposed extradition After the current crisis, analysts believe the Hong Kong government will likely start a new round of retaliatory measures against its critics while the Chinese

Some observers sympathized with protesters, especially after seeing such images as that of protesters dragging their comrades out of the legislative chamber in apparent attempts to protect them from potential harm.

Three protesters have died in the last two weeks after leaving suicide notes in support of the movement opposing the extradition bill.

Legislator Fernando Cheung said he had tried to stop the protesters from risking criminal charges, imprisonment and possible death.

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory's biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government's work on the bill had been a "total failure". The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil. In mid-June Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but that move failed to mollify critics, who continued to demonstrate against the bill and call for Lam's resignation.

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