Protesters in Hong Kong have been taking to the streets since June [Thomas Peter/Reuters]

China accused the United Nations high commissioner for human rights of emboldening “radical violence” in Hong Kong by suggesting the city’s leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessive use of force by police.

The UN’s human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, wrote in an opinion piece that was published on Saturday in the local South China Morning Post that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s government should prioritise “meaningful, inclusive” dialogue to resolve the crisis.


Bachelet, who was twice president of Chile, urged Lam to hold an “independent and impartial judge-led investigation” into police conduct in their handling of the protests; one of the pro-democracy protests so-called five demands.

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