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Beijing waiting for tide of public opinion to turn against protesters

Protests in Hong Kong went up another notch on Sunday after the vandalising of the Legislative Council (LegCo) building early this month.

For the past several weeks, those protesting against an extradition Bill had directed their wrath at the city's government in their rallies. But on Sunday, they turned on the central government in Beijing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2019, with the headline 'Beijing waiting for tide of public opinion to turn against protesters'. Print Edition | Subscribe