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China’s official state news agency calls for ‘total self-restraint’ amid anti-government protests

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) has called for “total self‑restraint” following violent protests across the country.

The state-run Xinhua news agency says the protests are being led by people with “unhealthy” political sentiments.

It says the protesters are taking part in a nationwide “civil disobedience” campaign, and “in order to prevent further damage to the country’s stability”.

It adds: “The government must also take measures to maintain peace and stability.”

The protest movement has swept across the south-western province of Guangdong, with thousands of protesters occupying streets and other public spaces.

Demonstrators have been holding a number of demonstrations in the past few weeks, most of them peaceful.

But they have since turned violent and have clashed with police.

They have also attacked hospitals and other health facilities.