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Hong Kong protests

'Hong Kong is China,' Beijing reiterates after opposition landslide

Pro-democrats plan to pressure government for reforms after winning elections

Protesters raise their hands outside the Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong on Nov. 25.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Beijing has reaffirmed its "firm support" for troubled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, despite a landslide win by opposition parties in local elections, as voters vented their frustration over her administration's handling of anti-government protests.

"Our position is crystal clear. The central government firmly supports the Chief Executive Carrie Lam in leading the Hong Kong government, supports the police in enforcing law and restoring order, and supports the judicial organs in punishing violent criminals.," said Geng Shuang, spokesperson at China's Foreign Ministry, at a regular press conference on Monday.

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