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Tension mounts ahead of deadline as Beijing denounces Hong Kong unrest
Tension mounts ahead of deadline as Beijing denounces Hong Kong unrest

China’s Communist Party came out forcefully Thursday to denounce the democracy demonstrations that have engulfed Hong Kong for five days, saying the “illegal” rallies are threatening to drag the territory into “chaos.” Some protest organizers, meanwhile, dug in their heels, vowing to ratchet up their civil disobedience campaign unless the territory’s Beijing-backed chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, stepped down by midnight. Two hours before the midnight deadline, several thousand protesters had gathered at the entrance to a side street leading to Leung's office. A few dozen police, in blue shirts, stood on the other side of metal barricades. ...

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