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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemns Sunday's violent clashes

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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemns Sunday's violent clashes
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Hong Kong's embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam strongly condemned Sunday night's violent clashes as well as the attack on Beijing's liaison office — China's main representative office in the city.

On Sunday, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to chase away activists that were defacing the office's walls.

Protesters have been demonstrating for several weeks over an extradition bill.

They are demanding the full withdrawal of a bill to allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial, where the courts are controlled by the Communist Party, fearing it would undermine Hong Kong's judicial independence.

They are also demanding independent inquiries into the use of police force against protesters.

Lam said the targeting of the office was a "challenge" to national sovereignty, condemning violent behaviour of any kind.

That same day men in white t-shirts, some armed with poles, stormed a train and attacked passengers, according to footage taken by commuters and Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting.

Eye-witnesses said they appeared to target black-shirted passengers who had been at an anti-government march and the attack came after several thousand activists surrounded China's representative office in the city, later clashing with police.

Lam described the attack as "shocking", saying authorities would investigate what happened.

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