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HONG KONG: China steps up criticism over continued protests

The Peoples Republic of China has stepped up criticism against Hong Kong over continued protests by pro-democracy movement in the semi-autonomous city.

China reacted again to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong at a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, calling demonstrators “radical protesters” and referring to students as “riot fighters”, as activist Joshua Wong took the pro-democracy campaign to Germany.

Hong Kong’s pro-China Federation of Women chief Pansy Ho Chiu-king sharply criticised the ongoing protests at the UN Human Rights Council meeting.

Since June, she said, “Hong Kong people have been plagued” with protests, many of which she said ended in “unprovoked violence and unlawful acts”.

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“An alarming rate of young children are running away from home to become frontline riot fighters, radicalised to perpetrate criminal acts,” she said.

Angry protesters have threatened to continue mass demonstrations, if other demands are not met by the administration of Chief Executive, Carrie Lam.

They say Lam’s administration must meet all their demands including that for universal suffrage and an independent investigation into the police response to the protests.

Only one of five demands being made by the pro-democracy protesters who have targeted government buildings, the central business district and the airport in some 13 weeks of demonstrations have been met, according to reports.

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