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Hong Kong protests 'extremely dangerous,' says leader






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Hong Kong's leader has voiced concerns about the ongoing protests taking place in the city. She said the public disorder is disrupting life and is pushing the city to "the verge of an extremely dangerous situation". Hong Kong was hit with more street demonstrations for the ninth weekend in a row. Protestors fought with police and there was a citywide strike. This caused a lot of disruption to roads and transport. Traffic was brought to a standstill on Monday as streets were blocked. Demonstrators made sure trains could not move by keeping their doors open. This angered many passengers.

The protests began in March against a proposed bill to allow the extradition of people to stand trial in mainland China. In July, protesters stormed the Hong Kong legislature building. They broke glass walls, metal doors and caused damage by spray-painting slogans and defacing flags and paintings. A government spokesperson condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has blatantly offended the...national dignity, wantonly trampled on the...'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings of the entire Chinese people."

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