Radical protesters in Hong Kong must not mistake China’s restraint for weakness, China’s Hong Kong affairs office said on Tuesday, vowing that the “violent criminals” pushing the city toward a “dangerous abyss” would be brought to justice.Hong Kong has suffered weeks of sometimes violent protests that began with opposition to a now-suspended extradition law, which would have allowed suspects to be tried in mainland courts.But the protests have swelled into a broader backlash against the government of the Asian financial hub and its political masters in Beijing.
“We would like to make clear to the very small group of unscrupulous and violent criminals and the dirty forces behind them: those who play with fire will perish by it,” the office said.“At the end of the day, they will eventually be punished.”China has been quick to label U.S. officials as “black hands” instigating unrest in Hong Kong in an attempt to contain China’s development, but it has not provided any concrete evidence.
The protests surpassed earlier shows of dissent in scale and intensity, seemingly stoked Lam’s refusal once again to meet any of the protesters’ demands, including for her resignation and independent inquiries into police use of force.The protests are the greatest political threat to Hong Kong‘s government since the territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997, and one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.
“The PLA is a force of power but also a civilized power,” Yang said.“As long as it has the strong support of the central government and the Chinese people, the Hong Kong government and police “are fully capable of punishing those criminal activities and restoring public order and stability,” he said.
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‘CIVILISED POWER’China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Hong Kong has remained in barracks since protests started in April, leaving Hong Kong‘s police force to deal with the massive demonstrations.Last week, the PLA garrison there issued a video showing “anti-riot” exercises, and its top brass warned violence is “absolutely impermissible.”
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