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Beijing does not rule out intervention in Hong Kong

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Yang Guang, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Cabinet, August 6 in Beijing. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN / AP

Faced with the unprecedented social movement that has shaken Hong Kong for two months, the Chinese authorities continue to raise the tone, not excluding an intervention of the mainland Chinese forces even if it is not It is not the scenario that they seem to privilege.

At first, Beijing has for several weeks minimized the extent of dissatisfaction generated by a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. According to the Chinese authorities, there were only 240,000 demonstrators on June 16 and not two million as announced by the organizers and observers.

At the time, the demonstrations were censored by the Chinese media. Since July and the invasion of Legco, the Parliament of Hong Kong by demonstrators, it is no longer the case. The "special administrative region" even has the honors of the great CCTV television journal with two themes put forth: the violence of the protesters, often referred to as and the rallies organized on the contrary in support of the Chinese regime.

Similarly, dumb since the Hong Kong renegotiation of China in 1997, the Hong Kong and Macao Business Office in Beijing has spoken twice in recent days: July 29 and August 6 . Sign that the crisis is being managed since Beijing, it is the officials of this office who gave their reading of the general strike of August 5 – a first in the island since 1997 â € "and not Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong.

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Ambiguity is in order

On Tuesday, Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Business Bureau, adopted a tone that was both martial and relatively measured. Certainly "Those who play with fire will perish by fire," he threatened. And "The central government will not accept any mess that the Hong Kong government can not control and that threatens the unit or national security." But at the same time, he judged that only "A very small group of unscrupulous and violent criminals" was threatening Hong Kong.

The time is no longer when all the demonstrators were described as "à  © rioters." In addition, asked about a possible intervention of the Chinese army in Hong Kong, Yang Guang replied that "The city's government and police are quite capable of crushing violent disasters and restoring order and peace." Ambiguity therefore remains in place.