“Playing with fire will backfire”, says China to Hong Kong protesters

“Playing with fire will backfire”, says China to Hong Kong protesters

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Following an early warning a couple of days back, China once again has issued a strong warning to Hong Kong's protesters, saying their attempts "to play with fire will only backfire".

A spokesman for China's top policy office on Hong Kong told protesters not to "underestimate the firm resolve [of] the central government", a BBC report said.

For the past two months, Hong Kong has seen violent anti-government protests and sending shockwaves to authorities, the protest is getting strong day after day.

Monday’s protest had breached the mere line of law and order and gave big economic loss in the form of the cancellation of around 230 flights. After this protest, strikers now pose another demand for an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, and the resignation of Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam.

The "radical demonstrations" have pushed Hong Kong "to the verge of a very dangerous situation", BBC quoted Yang Guang, a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), as saying.

He warned the protesters not to "mistake restraint for weakness".

Attempts to force Ms Lam to resign "will lead nowhere", he said, adding that the protests had had a "serious impact" on Hong Kong's economy.

It is one of the strongest warnings Beijing has issued over the protests so far. The HKMAO rarely holds news conferences on Hong Kong - but this is its second briefing in two weeks.