Hong Kong protests explained

Hong Kong protests explained”

Hong Kong's stock market soared Wednesday after local media reported that the city's embattled leader is planning to fully withdraw a loathed extradition bill, one of the main demands of pro-democracy protesters.

The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials sparked the massive protests that have rocked the city since June.

Meanwhile, the largest commercial news websites in China published stories featuring the slogan "Heart to Heart, Loving Hong Kong" as the government attempts to minimise hostilities between the mainland and Hong Kong.

They also want democratic reforms to Hong Kong's government and an independent inquiry into police actions against protesers.

On Tuesday she said she had never discussed resignation with Beijing and believed her government could solve the crisis without Beijing's help. It has so far allowed Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (林榮基), who fled to Taiwan in May over extradition fears to China, following the passage of the contentious bill, to stay in Taiwan through visa extensions.

"China's economy showed clear signs of a recovery in August, especially in the employment sector", Zhong Zhengsheng, director of macroeconomic analysis at CEBM Group, said in a statement.

One man was taken out on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over his face, television footage showed.

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Earlier in the day, Ms Lam addressed a Reuters report of a leaked audio recording in which she said she had "very, very, very limited" room to meet the demands of protesters and would quit "if I had the choice".

Three men, aged between 21 and 42, were taken to Kwong Wa Hospital late on Tuesday, a hospital authority spokeswoman said.

Aggressive police tactics, threats by Beijing to deploy the People's Liberation Army and sweeping arrest of pro-democracy figures have raised fears about Hong Kong's autonomy and political freedom and drawn worldwide condemnation.

The prolonged protests have hurt Hong Kong's economy amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy and its trade war with the United States.

He was arrested and indicted on Friday on charges of organizing illegal protests in June, when thousands of people surrounded police headquarters.

Beijing denies it is meddling in Hong Kong's affairs but warned again on Tuesday that it would not sit idly by if the unrest threatened Chinese security and sovereignty. Xu Luying, another spokesperson for the Chinese office overseeing Hong Kong, said it would be "absolutely wrong" to assume that deploying troops would mean the end of "one country, two systems".

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