Date
21 August 2019
US lawmakers, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, condemned what they called acts of violence by police against protesters in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
US lawmakers, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, condemned what they called acts of violence by police against protesters in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

China tells US to back off after lawmakers condemn HK violence

China’s foreign ministry told the United States to stay out of its internal affairs after some US lawmakers, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, condemned what they called acts of violence by police against protesters in Hong Kong, Reuters reports.

The US has denied Chinese suggestions that it has a hand in the unrest. But China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the lawmakers’ comments have “provided new and powerful evidence to the world”.

“They have disregarded the facts, turned what’s black into white, and characterized violent crimes as a beautiful fight for human rights and freedom,” Hua said in a statement on Tuesday.

Hong Kong has been beset by often violent anti-government protests for the past nine weeks in the deepest political crisis for the territory since the 1997 handover.

“You should take care of your own business. HK is not a matter that needs your worrying,” Hua said in the statement.

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