China on Friday condemned an incident involving the city's Attorney General in London, the first direct confrontation between protesters and a minister of government for more than five months, often violent protests.
London-based Justice Minister Teresa Cheng A group of demonstrators calling "killers" and "shameful" to promote Hong Kong as a hub for dispute resolution and negotiations.
A statement by the Hong Kong government said Cheng had "suffered serious injury," but did not disclose any details.
Video footage of the incident showed Cheng falling to the ground.
The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom said that Cheng had been "besieged and attacked by anti-China and protagonists, independence activists" who had organized themselves online and had injured their hands in the fall.
They called on British police to investigate the incident and strengthen security for Chinese officials and institutions in the country. [1
"The Chinese central government strongly supports the (Hong Kong) government in the management of Hong Kong under the law, strongly supports the Hong Kong police in enforcing the law and strongly supports the judicial body in the prosecution criminal offenses Prosecuted in accordance with the law. "
The Hong Kong government also condemned the incident.
The dispute took place in the midst of escalating violence in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, where a student protester died earlier this month following a fall from a parking lot during demonstrations.
A 70-year-old scavenger whose videos had been featured on social media was hit by a brick in his head on Thursday, authorities said.
The Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene expressed deep sadness on Friday about the death of the man and said she supported his family.
Protestors against the government continued their blockade of neighborhoods on Friday for a fifth day, forcing schools to close and block some highways as students erected barricades on campuses and the authorities struggled to stop the violence.
The Cross – The Port Tunnel, an important link between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, remained closed for a second day after tolls set on fire and demonstrators blocked the road.
Rob McBride of Al Jazeera reported from the tunnel that there was a "tense and restless calm" in the area.
"It remains to be seen what the next stage will be when we start another weekend," The protests escalated to mainland China in June due to a now-defunct extradition law that would have allowed people to go to court "Since then, they have become calls for more democracy.
Cheng, who fought against Hong Kong's leading legal adviser, Carrie Lam, played a key role in continuing the extradition draft that triggered the protests.  19659004] The months-long protests have plunged the former British colony into its biggest political crisis in decades and face Chinese President Xi Jinping as the most serious challenge since taking power in 2012.
Hong Kong is also expected to confirm on Friday that it will Case is in ei for the first time in a decade a recession because the economic situation could be even worse than feared as a result of anti-government protests.
Al Jazeera and news agencies