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China warns Hong Kong facing biggest crisis since handover

Updated : 2019-08-07 14:17:53

The head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for Hong Kong says the territory is facing its "most severe situation" since the handover from British rule in 1997. Zhang Xiaoming, head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for the territory, said the protests are getting increasingly violent and having "an increasingly broad impact on society."

Lawyers cross a street during a protest march in Hong Kong. The head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for Hong Kong says the territory is facing its
Lawyers cross a street during a protest march in Hong Kong. The head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for Hong Kong says the territory is facing its "most severe situation" since the handover from British rule in 1997. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A man carries an umbrella and wears a face mask as lawyers gather for a protest march in Hong Kong. Zhang Xiaoming, head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for the territory, said the protests are getting increasingly violent and having
A man carries an umbrella and wears a face mask as lawyers gather for a protest march in Hong Kong. Zhang Xiaoming, head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for the territory, said the protests are getting increasingly violent and having "an increasingly broad impact on society." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A policeman moves traffic cones as lawyers walk during a protest march in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was returned to China under the framework of
A policeman moves traffic cones as lawyers walk during a protest march in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was returned to China under the framework of "one country, two systems," which promised the city political, civil and economic freedoms not allowed under Communist Party rule on the mainland. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
However, many Hong Kong residents feel Beijing has been increasingly encroaching on their freedoms. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
However, many Hong Kong residents feel Beijing has been increasingly encroaching on their freedoms. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The protests were set off by proposed extradition legislation that if passed would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to China, where critics say they could face possible torture and unfair trials. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The protests were set off by proposed extradition legislation that if passed would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to China, where critics say they could face possible torture and unfair trials. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Speculation that the military could be deployed grew after Chinese officials pointed to an article in Hong Kong law that allows troops already stationed in the city to help with
Speculation that the military could be deployed grew after Chinese officials pointed to an article in Hong Kong law that allows troops already stationed in the city to help with "public order maintenance" at the Hong Kong government's request. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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