(From AFP)

A senior Beijing official blamed “radical separatists” for a riot that erupted in Hong Kong last week, the worst clashes the city has seen since mass pro-democracy protests.

Smoke rises as protesters set fires against police in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong Feb. 9

In unusually blunt remarks on a local Hong Kong matter, Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing’s top representative in the semi-autonomous city, said on Sunday the violence that left dozens of police officers hurt also showed elements of “terror”.

“After the riot in Mong Kok, we are feeling very much shocked and saddened,” Zhang told reporters.

The clashes erupted when protesters gathered following official attempts to remove illegal hawkers from the busy commercial neighbourhood of Mong Kok during Lunar New Year celebrations late Monday night. Read More

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