Chinese news agency criticizes 'barbaric' office attack in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: China's state company has denounced the attack on its office in Hong Kong by protesters in favor of democracy as barbarians. The city's journalists also criticized the attack on the media organization during Saturday's close combat that marked almost five months of disturbances in the Chinese territory.

In a brief statement, Xinhua strongly condemned the barbaric acts of mobs that shattered and set fire to the lobby of its Asia-Pacific office building in the city. He called for an end to violence against the media.

It was the first attack on the official Chinese news agency in a show of anger against Beijing, a day after the ruling communist party promised to tighten the violence in the city.

Police say Sunday more than 200 people were arrested.