China rebukes EU, US for interfering on Hong Kong

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BEIJING

China accused some US and European politicians of interfering in its domestic affairs after they commented on Hong Kong demonstrations that were deemed as supportive of protesters. The Hong Kong branch of China’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday described demonstrators as criminals and extremists, and said support for them equates to “favouring and condoning lawless and violent acts. Hong Kong police arrested several prominent opposition figures on Friday and warned other protesters could share their fate, raising tensions as the authorities seek to quell pro-democracy demonstrations that have raged for almost three months.

US Senator Chuck Schumer said on Friday that the detentions were a sign of “weakness and fear”, and that the Chinese Communist Party had broken its promise to the people of Hong Kong.

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong said in a statement, the remarks made by some US politicians disrespect the strict law enforcement by the Hong Kong police.

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