August 12, 2019 / 8:20 AM / 4 months ago

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

Police demonstrate a water cannon equipped vehicle at the compound of the Police Tactical Unit in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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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