Chinese officials to address Hong Kong unrest in second press conference

Demonstrators burn wood and cardboard during a protest on Aug 4. The past fortnight has seen a surge in violence on both sides, with Hong Kong police firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse increasingly hostile projectile-throwing crowds.
Demonstrators burn wood and cardboard during a protest on Aug 4. The past fortnight has seen a surge in violence on both sides, with Hong Kong police firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse increasingly hostile projectile-throwing crowds.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

BEIJING (AFP) - Officials from China's State Council will hold a second press conference in as many weeks on the unrest in Hong Kong, as the city's political crisis drags into a third month.

Two representatives from the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council - a prominent party organ that deals with the two semi-autonomous hubs - will speak to the media on Tuesday (Aug 6) in Beijing about the "current situation in Hong Kong".

Last week, the body held a rare media event in which it threw its support behind the Hong Kong government, following another weekend of protests.

The wave of demonstrations was triggered by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but has evolved into a wider movement for democratic reform and a halt to eroding freedoms.

So far, Beijing has backed the city's leader Carrie Lam, who warned on Monday that pro-democracy protesters are creating a "very dangerous situation".

The past fortnight has seen a surge in violence on both sides of the protests, with police repeatedly firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse increasingly hostile projectile-throwing crowds.