China anniversary: nation marks 70 years of communism amid Hong Kong protests – live

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Pomp and ceremony in Beijing could be overshadowed by unrest that has roiled Hong Kong for 17 weeks

From Verna Yu in Hong Kong:

Acting chief executive Matthew Cheung, who is deputising for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who is in Beijing participating in the National Day celebration, said in his speech that the government was “shocked and saddened” by the increasingly violent protests and said “violence is not a solution”.

In Beijing, security forces have cleared the streets.

Even outside the central Beijing security cordon, the streets are a ghost town early on China’s National Day. pic.twitter.com/Dt5iJJth2X

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