Dozens of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been charged with rioting. The announcement of the alleged offense, which carries a maximum jail term of ten years, triggered further unrest between demonstrators and police.
Li Keqiang has placed the responsibility of ensuring Hong Kong's "long-term prosperity and stability" with Carrie Lam. Hong Kong has seen its economy take a downward turn following months of protests and violent clashes.
The move is a major setback for Hong Kong's government. The international experts were called in as part of a bid to address protesters' demands for an independent probe into police violence and misconduct.
Following the dramatic defeat of the pro-establishment bloc in recent elections, speculation has grown that the Hong Kong chief executive will be asked to step down. Fresh protests broke out in her absence.
Some 800,000 demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, a day before the city marks six months since the start of mass protests that have morphed into a wider anti-government movement.
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