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China: Beijing will not ‘sit and watch’ if Hong Kong protests get ‘out of control’ - spokesperson

China, Beijing
September 03, 2019 at 18:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

A spokesperson for China's State Council described the protests in Hong Kong as "inhumane" and said the government "will never allow the Hong Kong issue to continue unabated," during a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

"These children have become pawns and preys in the violent activities; have become the political fuel for the people driven by ulterior motives. For me, it's an inhumane behaviour that should be stopped," said Xu Luying, a spokesperson for the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. "The central government will never allow the Hong Kong issue to continue unabated. If the situation gets worse and out of control for the SAR government, threatens national sovereignty and safety, the Chinese central government will never sit and watch."

Hundreds of thousands have taken part in protests against an extradition bill with China since the end of March and despite the bill being suspended indefinitely, protesters continue to hit the streets to demand that it be withdrawn entirely and for Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign.

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A spokesperson for China's State Council described the protests in Hong Kong as "inhumane" and said the government "will never allow the Hong Kong issue to continue unabated," during a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

"These children have become pawns and preys in the violent activities; have become the political fuel for the people driven by ulterior motives. For me, it's an inhumane behaviour that should be stopped," said Xu Luying, a spokesperson for the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. "The central government will never allow the Hong Kong issue to continue unabated. If the situation gets worse and out of control for the SAR government, threatens national sovereignty and safety, the Chinese central government will never sit and watch."

Hundreds of thousands have taken part in protests against an extradition bill with China since the end of March and despite the bill being suspended indefinitely, protesters continue to hit the streets to demand that it be withdrawn entirely and for Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign.

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