Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Urges all sides to refrain from violence in Hong Kong

Urges all sides to refrain from violence in Hong Kong

Protestors also briefly blocked the entrance to an undersea tunnel linking Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

"Any violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable ..."

Britain, Hong Kong's former colonial ruler, is concerned about the latest violence in Hong Kong and wants calm from all sides, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called China a "thuggish regime" for disclosing photographs and personal details of the diplomat.

"The ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong reflect the sentiment of Hongkongers and their broad concerns about the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy", she added.

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The US side has frequently made irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs, which confused black from white and incited troubles, Hua said. "Freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly are core values that we share with Hong Kong; these freedoms must be vigorously protected".

The demonstrators' demands, according to the SCMP, include: a withdrawal of the extradition bill, the resignation of two chief executives, a government denouncement of Hong Kong's labeling of police-protester clashes as "riots", an independent inquiry or third-party investigation into the actions of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) in the past several weeks and the unconditional freeing of those arrested in relation to the demonstrations.

As many people in Hong Kong have pointed out, the ordinance amendment issues have changed in their essence, and now bear the features of a "color revolution", said Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council last Wednesday.

China though has supported the tactics - saying the behaviour of the protesters showed signs of terrorism and a hard-line response is needed.

Last week, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called China a "thuggish regime" for disclosing photographs and personal details of a US diplomat who met with Hong Kong's student leaders.

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