Hong Kong police arrest 12 after violent incident near legislature

Hong Kong police arrest 12 after violent incident near legislature

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed on Thursday to maintain pressure on China over the treatment of protesters in Hong Kong, amid an escalating diplomatic row.

The growing war of words between China and Britain follows mass protests in Hong Kong against a now suspended bill that would allow extradition to mainland China.

On Monday, the situation between protestors and police grew so strained that demonstrators broke into the Hong Kong legislature, covering the city's emblem in the main chamber with black spray paint.

"I don't think it's a big surprise that China would react that way but they need to understand that Britain is a country that honours its worldwide obligations and what I was saying was something very uncontroversial, actually, which is that we signed an agreement in 1984 which lasts for 50 years and we would expect all sides to honour that agreement", Hunt said.

He warned Beijing that the United Kingdom would always put its principles before commercial interests, as he urged China to honour the "one country, two systems" agreement over Hong Kong.

Monday marked the 22nd anniversary of the actual handover in 1997 and some protesters hung a colonial flag in the Legislative Council building after getting in.

Liu was informed "that the comments made on UK policy towards Hong Kong by the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson were unacceptable and inaccurate", a UK Foreign Office spokesman told AFP.

However, the end of British rule in Hong Kong did not have as drastic an impact as many had thought.

"If such atrocities are encouraged and condoned, it will violate the rule of law in Hong Kong and challenge all law-abiding citizens", CCTV reported.

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Police officers display objects used during a demonstration outside the Legislative complex in Hong Kong, July 3, 2019.

China's government has backed Hong Kong's embattled administration, saying the occupation and vandalizing of the city's legislature by pro-democracy protesters were "serious illegal acts" that endangered the social order.

"Instead of condemning it, they showed support, sympathy to these law breakers", he said.

HONG KONG Hong Kong police said yesterday they have arrested eight people for stealing and disclosing personal information of officers online, as the city grapples with the aftermath of unprecedented anti-government protests that saw its parliament trashed. Experts say the bill puts critics of China's ruling Communist Party at risk of torture and unfair trials in the mainland, and further chips away at the judicial independence and civil liberties Hong Kong was promised after the 1997 handover.

"It is just shameless to say that Hong Kong's freedoms are negotiated for them by the British side".

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets shouting for the complete withdrawal of the bill and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

China has unwavering determination in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and interests in development and maintaining prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, Liu said, reiterating China's firm opposition to interference by external forces. "And I would stress to our friends in Beijing that the "one country, two systems" approach has worked, is working and should not be cast aside".

The demonstrators had grown increasingly frustrated that, despite repeated disruptive protests, the government had not given them a response to their demands.

The Legislative Council Secretariat released a statement cancelling business for today, as did the central government offices, which said they would close "owing to security consideration".

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