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Hong Kong protests

Beijing warns of dire consequences after massive Hong Kong strike

China's central government blames Western politicians for stoking unrest

Demonstrators shout slogans at a group of people opposing the anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Aug. 5.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Beijing on Tuesday sent a strong warning to Hong Kong protesters during its second press briefing in a week, after an unprecedented strike and public disobedience rocked the financial center.

Speaking forcefully, Yang Guang, a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office under China's State Council, warned that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority and called radical protesters "unscrupulous people."

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