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Hong Kong protests

China targets Hong Kong's divisions to undermine protests

Demonstrators up the ante with call for democratic elections

Protesters storm the Legislative Council on July 1, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China. Not all in the city support such radical tactics.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- With Hong Kong demonstrators now demanding democratic elections in addition to the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, mainland China is trying to drive a wedge between the movement's more radical elements and the rest of the city.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who is backed by Beijing, on Tuesday condemned "the extreme use of violence and vandalism by protesters who stormed into the Legislative Council building" the day before.

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