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Hong Kong leader warns protesters not to push city into 'abyss'

Hong Kong leader warns protesters not to push city into 'abyss'”

On Monday, protesters descended on the Hong Kong airport, one of the largest in the world, to voice their concerns.

The post coincided with a statement from Chinese authorities vowing to crack down on Hong Kong protesters and likening the demonstrations to "terrorism".

"Our decoy officers do not take part in any unlawful activities", Tang said.

Hong Kong's airport reopened on Tuesday but its administrator warned that flight movements would still be affected, after China said protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show the "sprouts of terrorism".

The country has experienced more than two months of mass protests calling for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct.

As protests in Hong Kong enter their 10th consecutive week, videos have emerged of police officers dressed as anti-government demonstrators engaging in violent clashes with protest groups.

Software engineer Joydeep Chakravarti, whose connecting flight to San Francisco was canceled late Monday, expressed frustration that he was told to leave the airport when he wanted to stay inside the terminal.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday of the risky consequences facing the city, one of Asia's most important financial hubs, if escalating violence at the rallies was not curbed.

"The situation in Hong Kong in the past week has made me very anxious that we have reached [a] unsafe situation", said Ms Lam, according to AFP news agency.

Protests in the Asian financial hub show no sign of abating.

Now amid the widely-circulated concerns that China may intervene in Hong Kong with force, the USA and Canada have openly expressed their concerns.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's flagship airline, on Tuesday morning listed more than 200 flight cancellations and urged customers to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong said it has launched an emergency management center in the airport and is keeping close contact with airliners to try to resume operation as soon as possible.

"I do feel the young people in Hong Kong are very intelligent, they understand the difficulties of their struggle and they are prepared for a long-range fighting", he said.

What is Hong Kong's status?

JP Morgan's DS Kim, Jeremy An and Chrstine Wang similarly refer to "drag from Hong Kong protests and junket related noise" for their concerns, dropping August GGR estimates to a year-on-year decline of between 4% and 6%. In a sharp escalation of rhetoric used to describe the unrest, Guang said the "radical protesters" were committing serious crimes and "starting to plant the seeds of terrorism".

Canada's prime minister also said he's deeply concerned about how the situation is unfolding in Hong Kong and called on China to "respectfully treat those Hong Kong citizens or the demonstrators who have reasonable concerns" toward the government bill.

They said they were still gathering evidence about whether a young female protester who was pictured with a bleeding eye was hit by police. "I felt like I was walking around and nobody gave us information".



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