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8/12/2019, 10:48 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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China calls Hong Kong protests 'terrorism'

China slammed the violent protests in Hong Kong on Monday, claiming the clashes show signs of "terrorism." The criticism comes as Hong Kong was forced to cancel all departures after protesters occupied the Hong Kong International Airport to rally against the government for the fourth day in a row. According to media reports, as many as 40 people have been injured since the airport protests started on Friday.

The protests in the Chinese special administrative region first erupted in June over the government's plans to pass legislation which would allow extraditions of criminals to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong doesn't have arrangements on the issue, including China. In response to the demonstrations, Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam decided to halt the bill and later said the legislation is "dead" but refused to confirm it would be completely withdrawn.

Earlier, Beijing accused the United States of playing a part in the protests and warned Washington not to interfere in its internal affairs.

Breaking the News / NP