August 12, 2019 / 8:33 AM / a month ago

China official says Hong Kong is at a 'critical juncture'

An anti-extradition bill demonstrator attends a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is at a critical juncture after two months of anti-government street protests and violence there must stop, China’s Hong Kong and Macau affairs office said on Monday.

Increasingly restive protests have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious political crisis in decades, posing a challenge to the central government in Beijing.

Yang Guang, a spokesman for the office in Beijing, delivered a televised address in which he backed police handling of the protests and said that those who care about the city should come out against violence.

Reporting by Noah Sin; writing by Tom Westbrook; editing by Darren Schuettler

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