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China calls Hong Kong protesters 'arrogant lunatics,' warns of government's 'immense force'

HONG KONG - A day after a citywide strike evolved into chaotic clashes between protesters, police and residents across Hong Kong, the Chinese government, Hong Kong police and a group of protesters held news conferences pushing dueling narratives on what had happened.

Beijing issued its sharpest warning so far to Hong Kong protesters, calling them "arrogant lunatics" who should not underestimate the central government's "immense force," but did not take any new measures to control the situation.

"We warn that tiny

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