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Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates

Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates

Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalatesHong Kong police threatened on Monday to use live bullets if "rioters" used lethal weapons and committed other acts of violence, after the latest flare up during five months of anti-government protests in the Chinese ruled city. The police statement followed fresh clashes outside a university in the centre of Hong Kong where protesters were hunkered down behind makeshift shields and hurled petrol bombs at police in a standoff blocking a vital tunnel link. The violence, which has convulsed the Asian financial hub, has posed the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.


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