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British government's Hong Kong intervention riles China

British government's Hong Kong intervention riles China”

The protests have continued on Saturday, with demonstrators occupying the arrivals hall at the global airport for a second day and marches in the inner city. Following a pattern established in past weekends, the demonstrations continued into the night despite police refusal to grant permission for the public gatherings.

They dispersed, as noxious smoke also filled the train station there, bringing train passengers to tears.

Hong Kong has seen two months of sometimes violent protests that were initially held in opposition to a planned extradition law but have since morphed into a broader movement wanting democratic reforms and more self-determination.

Such a move would have an equally devastating effect on Hong Kong's economy, possibly causing the local stock market that is key to funding the Chinese economy to crash and prompting a mass outflow of foreign investors and capital.

"If the government thinks we'll give up and not come out anymore they're wrong", said student Chris Wong, 20, at Tai Po.

Property developers in the territory had earlier warned that demonstrations were damaging Hong Kong's economy.

At the same time, many Hong Kongers believe China has broken its promise to allow Hong Kong a high-degree of self-rule, driving protesters to rebel, Lam said. "We've experienced Sars and financial crises", she told reporters after the meeting, referring to the respiratory disease epidemic in 2003. -China trade war - was being undermined by the protests, which began in June.

A government spokesman described the day's demonstrations as "illegal activities" that have "been significantly affecting people's daily lives".

And while Beijing condemns the violence, violence is "precisely what it is hoping for" in the expectation that frustrated protesters will provide more images of melees and fire bombings that will alienate the general population, Lam said. Late on Saturday they flashed laser pointers at riot police and lifted bricks and scavenged building materials to barricade roads in Kowloon.

The protests began about nine weeks ago over a proposed extradition bill between Hong Kong and mainland China and evolved into demands for greater freedoms.

The airline told staff on Saturday it would bar any "overly radical" employees from crewing flights to the mainland and said it had removed a pilot who was arrested at protests last week from active duty.

Leung Wai Man, a housewife in her 60s, said she had been motivated to march in Tai Po because she was angry about what she saw as the violent response by police at some protests.

"We employ 27,000 staff in Hong Kong doing all sorts of different jobs. we certainly wouldn't dream of telling them what they have to think about something", he said. She said she was anxious about escalating violence, but added that "the protesters were just trying to protect themselves against police violence".

Young people have been at the forefront of the protests, anxious about the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong by China but also concerned with issues such as wealth disparities in the city. In the meantime, a sit-in protest will be occupying the airport for the entire weekend.

And hundreds of parents and children gathered for an all-ages family protest under the banner "guard our children's future". Both marches and the airport protests were peaceful.

Hong Kong officials have issued a counterstatement against a professor who accused the Hong Kong Police Force of taking orders from Beijing and accepting additional officers from mainland China's Guangdong province. The legislation's critics said it would threaten Hong Kong's coveted judicial independence and expose residents to the political trials that are common in the mainland.

The Hong Kong office of China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday asked the United States to explain reports in Communist Party-controlled media that US diplomats were in contact with student leaders of protests that have convulsed Hong Kong for nine weeks.



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