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Beijing denounces Hong Kong unrest, but protesters dig in
Beijing denounces Hong Kong unrest, but protesters dig in

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 stepped down by midnight. Even as the rhetoric has been escalating, though, many observers still believe that the two sides must – and will – find a way to begin a dialogue. Too much is at risk economically and politically both for Hong Kongers and mainland...

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