China urges ‘tougher line’ in Hong Kong after attack on Xinhua

China urges ‘tougher line’ in Hong Kong after attack on Xinhua

(**)(**)(***)(**)(****)(*****)Hong Kong saw some of the worst violence in the city over the past two days (*)
(*******)(********)(*********)Hong Kong saw some of the worst violence in the city over the past two days (*)
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(************)(*****)Chinese state media has urged authorities to take a “tougher line” against protesters in Hong Kong who (*************)vandalised state-run Xinhua news agency(**************) and other buildings at the weekend, saying the violence damaged the city’s rule of law.(********)
(*****)The call(***************) on Monday(****************) comes as the city braces for more protests following a violent incident on Sunday, in which two people were left in critical condition.(********)
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(*****)In an editorial, state-backed China Daily newspaper criticised 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 and Sunday in some of the worst violence in the Asian financial hub in weeks, with metro stations set ablaze and buildings vandalised.(********)
(*****)Violence also erupted on Sunday after a man with a knife attacked several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician. Two of the victims are reportedly in critical condition, according to reports.(********)
(*****)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 (**************************************).(********)
(*****)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 (****************************************). 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.(********)(**************************)
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