China warns Hong Kong protesters not to ‘play with fire’

By BBC On Tue, 6 Aug, 2019 12:39 | < 1 min read
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    Hong Kong has seen nine consecutive weekends of anti-government protests which were sparked by a controversial extradition bill.

China has issued a strong warning to Hong Kong’s protesters, saying their attempts “to play with fire will only backfire”.

A spokesman for China’s top policy office in Hong Kong told protesters not to “underestimate the firm resolve [of] the central government”.

Anti-China forces are the “behind-the-scenes masterminds” of violence in the city, the spokesman claimed.

Hong Kong has seen nine consecutive weekends of anti-government protests.

On Monday, the city’s leader Carrie Lam warned that it was “on the verge of a very dangerous situation”.

In her first media address in two weeks, she also accused activists of using the extradition bill as a cover for their real goals.

The protests, first sparked by a controversial extradition bill, show no sign of abating after more than two months of demonstrations.

A city-wide strike on Monday crippled transport services and brought the city to a standstill.

Protests later took place in several districts, with police firing tear gas at demonstrators who rallied into the night, setting fires and besieging police stations.