Beijing to stand firm against protesters: State media

Beijing to stand firm against protesters: State media
Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during protest.

BEIJING - Chinese state media insisted Tuesday that China would not give in to Hong Kong protesters' demands for full democracy and would wait for mass protests in the semi-autonomous city to fizzle out.

Tens of thousands in the global financial hub have been vowing not to end their street blockades until Beijing authorities grant them fully democratic leadership elections.

China's Communist Party leader President Xi Jinping made no comment on the protests as he and other top party officials offered flower baskets in Tiananmen Square on the first "Martyrs' Day," a new holiday to celebrate China's national heroes.

The commemoration came one day after Xi "appreciated a music concert" in Beijing Monday night, the party's official People's Daily newspaper reported.

Xi was shown smiling and clapping flanked by current Premier Li Keqiang and former President Jiang Zemin, who rose to power following a violent crackdown on 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing.

China has condemned the Hong Kong protests as "illegal," but Hong Kong's leadership has denied speculation that Beijing would send in the army to quash dissent.

The People's Daily said in a commentary on its website the protesters were an "extreme minority" who have "destroyed the rule of law" in the city.

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