Hong Kong leader wants to meet students

Hong Kong leader wants to meet students

As hundreds of thousands of people marched on Monday to voice these fears, a much smaller group of young protesters made a decision to break into the legislature, which was closed for a national holiday marking the anniversary of Hong Kong's July 1, 1997, handover to China.

While recognising that Hong Kong is part of China, on Tuesday Hunt warned of "serious consequences" if Beijing breaches the "legally binding agreement".

Before protests turned violent, pro-democracy lawmakers were seen attempting to talk the demonstrators down.

"We can make it clear we stand behind the people of Hong Kong in defence of the freedoms that we negotiated for them when we agreed to the handover in 1997 and we can remind everyone that we expect all countries to honour their worldwide obligations", Hunt told Reuters when asked what Britain could do.

China has appeared irked by former colonial power Britain's public rebukes over the protests, and on Wednesday London summoned the Chinese ambassador.

China, however, has swatted away expressions of concern and criticism from Britain as "gross interference" in its internal affairs.

Mr Hunt added that the United Kingdom expected the "legally binding agreement to be honoured" and " if it isn't there will be serious consequences".

"I need to re-emphasise that Hong Kong has now returned to its motherland", Geng said.

In response to accusations he had sided with the protesters, Mr Hunt said: "I was not supporting the violence, what I was saying is the way to deal with that violence is not by repression".

"When I look at those situations that we've just seen, and those awful scenes in Hong Kong, my heart goes out to people who do have to fight for their freedoms and who are anxious they could lose a very, very precious way of life", he said.

Fear and anger among many over the Chinese government's tightening grip spilled over last month as millions marched to oppose a proposed law that would allow extraditions to the mainland.

"I tell [British officials]: hands off Hong Kong and show respect", Liu told reporters in English. There is no so-called responsibility at all.

On Wednesday, Johnson said he backed the people of Hong Kong "every inch of the way".

"I want to ask Mr. Hunt if the British Parliament is besieged, invaded and destroyed, will the British government let it go and sit still?" The residents at that time did not have the right to rally on the street.

Beijing called for a criminal probe into what it dubbed a "blatant challenge" to the "one country, two systems" arrangement that has allowed Hong Kong to have its own laws, granting it special rights including freedom of speech.

He said Hong Kong people are administering Hong Kong with high degree of autonomy and have unprecedented rights and freedoms.

"The violent storming incident on July 1 is a serious violation of violation of law that damages social order". Hunt reiterated his support for the demonstrations but called on the protesters to be peaceful.

"Hong Kong shows that China can not follow a Western political system". Its affairs are purely domestic.

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