China vows to ‘crack down’ as protesters clash with riot cops in hazmat suits

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China threatened to “resolutely crack down” on “hostile forces” as historic protests continued overnight — including wild street battles with riot cops clad in hazmat suits.

Communist Party leaders gave the ominous warning without directly mentioning the countrywide rallies, the largest show of dissent in the 33 years since protests in Tiananmen Square ended in horror and bloodshed.

However, in a statement Tuesday, the party’s top body in charge of law enforcement agencies stated its priority as maintaining “effective measures” to “resolutely safeguard national security.”

“We must resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces in accordance with the law, resolutely crack down on illegal and criminal acts that disrupt social order and effectively maintain overall social stability,” the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission said.