Riot police officers walk past a wall covered with messages written by supporters of pro-democracy protesters following a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, in Hong Kong, China June 13, 2019. Reuters Photo

BEIJING: China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday the central government strongly condemns the violent behaviour of protesters in Hong Kong and supports the government there.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a news briefing in Beijing.

Scuffles broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Thursday as hundreds of people remained on the streets to protest a planned extradition law with mainland China, a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators. -- Reuters