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World Chinese state media urge 'tougher line' in Hong Kong after Xinhua targeted

03:55  04 november  2019
03:55  04 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Hong Kong media associations also condemned the vandalism at Xinhua , one of the mainland's key symbols of presence in Hong Kong , calling for a halt to violence and urging police to handle the matter seriously. Starbucks is owned locally by Maxim's Caterers and has been repeatedly targeted after the

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday urged authorities to take a "tougher line" against protesters in Hong Kong who vandalized state-run Xinhua news agency and other buildings at the weekend, saying the violence damaged the city's rule of law.

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Hong Kong media associations also condemned the vandalism at Xinhua , one of the mainland’s key symbols of presence in Hong Kong , calling for a halt to violence and urging police to handle the matter seriously. A member of the media stands in the middle of tear gas fired by police to break up

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In an editorial, state-backed China Daily newspaper criticized the "wanton" attacks by "naive" demonstrators, adding, "They are doomed to fail simply because their violence will encounter the full weight of the law."

Police fired tear gas at black-clad protesters on Saturday in some of the worst violence in the Asian financial hub in weeks, with metro stations set ablaze and buildings vandalized, including an outlet of U.S. coffee chain Starbucks.

The past five months of anti-government protests in the former British colony represent the biggest popular challenge to President Xi Jinping's government since he took over China's leadership in late 2012.

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Hong Kong media associations also condemned the vandalism at Xinhua , one of the mainland's key symbols of presence in Hong Kong , calling for a halt to violence and urging police to handle the matter seriously. Starbucks is owned locally by Maxim's Caterers and has been repeatedly targeted after the

Protesters have vandalised the Hong Kong office of China ’s official Xinhua news agency for the first time in Local media showed scenes of a fire in the lobby of Xinhua ’s office in Wan Chai district Protesters have been targeting Chinese banks and businesses perceived to have links with Beijing

Protesters are angry at China's perceived meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms, including its legal system, since the Asian financial hub returned to Chinese rule in 1997. China denies the accusation.

The widely-read Global Times tabloid on Sunday condemned the protesters' actions targeting Xinhua and called for action by Hong Kong's enforcement agencies.

"Due to the symbolic image of Xinhua, the vandalizing of its branch is not only a provocation to the rule of law in Hong Kong, but also to the central government and the Chinese mainland, which is the rioters' main purpose," it said.

On Friday, after a meeting of China's top leadership, a senior Chinese official said it would not tolerate separatism or threats to national security in Hong Kong and would "perfect" the way it appointed the city's leader.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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