China used the term “terrorism” on Monday August 12th to describe the fierce Hong Kong demonstrations which saw Molotov cocktails hurled at police forces, AFP reported.
The description marks a step-up in Beijing’s stance against the pro-democracy protests in the special administrative region.
"Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely dangerous tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging," said Yang Guang, spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council.
"This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong's rule of law and social order," he said at a press briefing in Beijing.
Thousands of pro-democracy protestors challenged orders by authorities against demonstrating on the streets for the tenth continuous weekend.
Hong Kong police used tear gas against protestors whose requests to protest were rejected.
Yang’s statements apply to a "tiny minority" who he said are "a serious challenge to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability".
Rejection of an extradition law in the making prompted two months of unrest that have become a push for democratic reform against the disappearance of freedoms.
Beijing’s power over Hong Kong has never been challenged this powerfully since the 1997 handover from Britain.