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Hong Kong protests

Beijing condemns violence, backs Hong Kong police and leaders

Unprecedented news conference came after weeks of protests in the city

Yang Guang of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council attends a news conference in Beijing on Monday.

HONG KONG -- In an unprecedented news conference, Beijing's top body for Hong Kong affairs voiced support for the city's police and leadership while denouncing the violence of some protesters.

"The central government firmly supports the leadership of chief executive Carrie Lam, firmly supports the strict law enforcement of Hong Kong police, as well as supports the punishment of criminals by the relevant departments in accordance with the law," Yang Guang, a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, told reporters in Beijing.

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