Chinese state media on Monday encouraged police to take a”harder line” from protesters from Hong Kong that vandalized state-run Xinhua news agency and other buildings in the weekend, saying the violence ruined the city’s principle of law.
In an editorial, state-backed China Daily newspaper criticized the”wanton” strikes by”innocent” demonstrators, adding, “They’re doomed to fail because their violence may fall upon the entire burden of law.”
Police fired tear gas in black-clad protesters on Saturday in a few of the worst violence in the Asian financial hub in months, together with subway stations set ablaze and buildings vandalized, such as a socket of U.S. coffee chain Starbucks.
The previous five weeks of anti-government protests at the former British colony signify the largest popular obstacle to President Xi Jinping’s administration because he took over China’s leadership in late 2012.
Protesters are angry at China’s perceived meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms, such as its legal system, because the Asian financial hub returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
The widely-read International Times tabloid on Sunday condemned the protesters’ activities targeting Xinhua and called for actions by Hong Kong’s authorities agencies.
“Because of this emblematic image of Xinhua, the vandalizing of its division isn’t simply a provocation to the principle of law in Hong Kong, but also the central authorities and also the Chinese mainland, that’s that the rioters’ most important function,” it stated.
On Friday, following a meeting of China’s top leadership, a senior Chinese official said it wouldn’t tolerate separatism or dangers to national security in Hong Kong and might”perfect” how it appointed the town’s chief.