Published: Tue, August 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she will not resign

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she will not resign

Hong Kong riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters for a third straight day on Monday as the city's leader warned the global financial hub was nearing a "very risky situation", and a rare strike caused transport chaos.

It quickly evolved into a wider movement for democratic reform and a halt to eroding freedoms. A movement against an extradition bill that would have allowed residents to be sent to mainland China to stand trial has expanded into demands for an investigation into alleged police abuse at protests and the dissolution of the legislature. Police have since charged 44 protesters at those demonstrations with rioting; the protesters could face up to 10 years in jail.

Police stations were besieged and roads occupied.

Hong Kong protesters ignored police warnings and streamed past the designated endpoint for a rally Saturday in the latest of a series of demonstrations targeting the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Long lines of traffic could be seen across Hong Kong island leading into the heart of the business centre and hundreds of people were stranded at the airport.

Under the "one country, two systems" rule, Hong Kong is guaranteed the right to its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following the end of British rule in 1997.

(Hong Kong) - Police in Hong Kong say they will use a colored liquid spray to distinguish pro-democracy protesters from other members of the public.

In the afternoon they held seven simultaneous rallies, stretching the resources of police who fired tear gas in at least two locations.

Last Sunday, protesters and police clashed on the island's two main thoroughfares.

Meanwhile, protests have been planned across the city for Monday evening, with strike organisers saying more than 14,000 people from across 20 sectors have vowed to take part, reports the BBC. "If things come to that, even if the central government wants to save Hong Kong, there is not much it can do", he said.

"We continue to allow these violent protesters to make use of the [extradition] bill to hide their ulterior motives", she said.

Lam focused mainly on the violence at the protests, which have galvanized people from all walks of life and led to support rallies by civil servants, teachers, lawyers, religious groups, among other groups.

More than 100 flights were canceled at Hong Kong's airport and the airport's express train service has also been suspended.

Police spokeswoman Yolanda Yu Hoi-kwan told reporters Monday that police have fired more than 300 non-lethal bullets and around 1,000 tear gas grenades.

The Chinese military described the unrest last week as "intolerable" and released a propaganda video showing a drill of troops quelling a protest in Hong Kong.

Protesters threw bricks at a police station while police used tear gas to disperse crowds.

A mob of pro-government thugs also attacked demonstrators, putting 45 people in hospital.

Public anger has been compounded by rising inequality and the perception that the city's distinct language and culture are being threatened by ever-closer integration with the Chinese mainland.

A complete withdrawal of the contentious extradition bill and an inquiry into the government's handling of the crisis has been demanded by the protestors.

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