August 4, 2019 / 12:05 PM / a month ago

Hong Kong police fire teargas as China says it will not 'sit idly by'

A man reacts in tear gas as riot police try to disperse them at Wong Tai Sin, a residential area, after an anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters on Sunday, a day after violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police, as China’s official news said Beijing would not let the situation go on.

The Chinese-controlled city has been rocked by months of protests against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China and a general strike aimed at bringing the city to a halt is planned for Monday.

Reporting by Clare Jim, Marius Zaharia, Tony Monroe, Felix Tam, Twinnie Siu; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Michael Perry, Kenneth Maxwell and Angus MacSwan

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