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China backs Hong Kong police, warns protesters against breaching peace

At least 49 people were arrested on Sunday after bricks, glass bottles and paint bombs were hurled at police and traffic signs were removed

Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong Protests

China warned that Hong Kong’s unrest had gone “far beyond” peaceful protest, after a chaotic weekend of tear gas and clashes illustrated the government’s struggle to quell a leaderless, unpredictable and widespread movement.

China’s top agency overseeing Hong Kong condemned “evil and criminal acts committed by radical elements” in an unprecedented briefing on Monday. While officials reaffirmed support for the city’s government and police force, the decision to address foreign media in Beijing signaled growing concern as eight weeks of unprecedented unrest start to shake business confidence in the former British colony.

“The central government is in quite a difficult

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First Published: Jul 29 2019 | 5:53 PM IST

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