Action star Jackie Chan quoted as suggesting protest rights should be curbed in Hong Kong

The Associated Press

HONG KONG - Jackie Chan is being quoted as suggesting that protests should be restricted in the freewheeling Chinese city of Hong Kong.

The action star laments in a newspaper interview that Hong Kong has become a city where people scold China and protest against anything. He says there should be regulations on what can be protested. The Southern People Weekly published Chan's comments Wednesday.

The star of movies such as "Rush Hour" and "Rumble in the Bronx" triggered a backlash three years ago with similar comments on the need to restrict freedom in his hometown.

A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and is now a semiautonomous region granted Western-style civil liberties. It's seen a rising number of protests by people upset with the city's Beijing-backed leader.