Beijing officials to address Hong Kong unrest on Tuesday

Beijing officials to address Hong Kong unrest on Tuesday

A protester in Hong Kong prepares to throw bricks at the police using an improvised slingshot
A protester prepares to throw bricks at the police using an improvised slingshot in the Admiralty area during a general strike in Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Anthony WALLACE)

HONG KONG: Officials from China's State Council will hold a second press conference in as many weeks on the unrest in Hong Kong, as the city's political crisis drags into a third month.

Two representatives from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council - a prominent party organ that deals with the two semi-autonomous hubs - will speak to the media on Tuesday (Aug 6) in Beijing about the "current situation in Hong Kong".

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Last week, the body held a rare media event in which it threw its support behind the Hong Kong government, following another weekend of protests.

The wave of demonstrations was triggered by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but has evolved into a wider movement for democratic reform and a halt to eroding freedoms.

So far, Beijing has backed the city's leader Carrie Lam, who warned Monday that pro-democracy protesters are creating a "very dangerous situation".

The past fortnight has seen a surge in violence on both sides of the protests, with police repeatedly firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse increasingly hostile projectile-throwing crowds.

Source: AFP/nh

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