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China Criticises Britain for 'Shameless' Comments on Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Protesters storm parliament and hang old UK colonial flag in defiance of China - Daily Star

Beijing has made a formal complaint about Mr Hunt, accusing the Conservative leadership contender of "colonial-era delusions".

The tactic mystified former Hong Kong police officers as they watched coverage of hundreds of protesters, mostly students in hard hats and masks, roaming the plush, multistorey complex, vandalising furniture and daubing graffiti over the walls.

Geng's comments follow the publication of an editorial by a ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper that said the demonstrators who broke into the local legislature showed their "arrogance" and had no regard for the rule of law.

Police charged into the building shortly after midnight to retake control.

The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR said in a statement: "Such savage acts were an outright provocation and trampling of the city's rule of law, which has gravely sabotaged Hong Kong's social stability and can not be tolerated".

Liu also complained that the British government had called on the Chinese government not to use the violence as an excuse for oppression when it was a matter for the independent judiciary in Hong Kong to punish the offenders, including those who had attacked the police with toxic powder. More than 1 million people took to the streets last month, and demonstrators called for workers and students to strike after a second protest drew almost 2 million people.

Rule of law does not mean a small number of "extremists" should be allowed to conduct violent crimes that would damage Hong Kong's reputation as an worldwide business city, the paper said.

Activist Joshua Wong, who was the face of the city's 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations, told reporters the protests were a response to "the tyranny".

The model is now used in Hong Kong, since the city's sovereignty was handed over from Britain to China on July 1, 1997, which was meant to preserve its autonomy and freedoms while under the rule of China's Communist Party.

"If the cause of the social tensions that we have seen is a bill to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, on June 15 I have announced the suspension of the bill", she emphasized this morning.

The government says such an agreement is necessary to stop the former British colony from becoming a sanctuary for mainland criminals. "We also need to reform the way we listen to public views".

Police try to disperse protesters near a flag raising ceremony for the anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China, in Hong Kong, July 01, 2019. The rallies - including a huge pro-democracy march yesterday - have been largely peaceful while calling on the city's Beijing-appointed chief executive Carrie Lam to resign.

He then wrote in Chinese, "Sunflower opens in Hong Kong, there are no rioters, only tyranny" (太阳花在香港开放,没有暴徒只有暴政!).

Lam disputed protesters' complaints that officials had not responded to them, saying the government explained that by suspending the bill with no timetable or plan to revisit it, the legislation would die at the end of the current legislative session in July 2020. The clashes have embarrassed the central government in Beijing, which continues to back Lam's administration.

In a rare report on the civic action, China's Xinhua News Agency said the Hong Kong government "strongly condemns and deeply regrets the extremely violent acts committed by some protesters".

"It was just after the return of Hong Kong to China, the Chinese government started implementing One Country Two systems polices", he said.

Reasserting her ability to govern in the wake of the protests, and containing a small but tenacious and growing movement for self-determination, will pose enormous challenges to Lam in the months ahead. But some protesters have vowed to fight until she withdraws the bill completely and resigns.