Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong leader defends police, dodges protesters' demands

Hong Kong leader defends police, dodges protesters' demands

They also say police have used excessive force, firing tear gas and bean bag pellets at close range, and are calling for an independent inquiry into the crisis.

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

"The situation in Hong Kong in the past week has made me very anxious that we have reached this risky situation".

It was unclear how many flights were impacted, according to Doris Lai, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Airport Authority.

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%.

Police are now attempting to remove protesters from the airport and there are long queues for any form of transport away from the airport.

The protests began in opposition to a bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland, but quickly evolved into a broader bid to reverse a slide of rights and freedoms in the southern Chinese city.

Police have also reported injuries among their ranks, including eye irritation from laser pointers, burns from petrol bombs and bruises and cuts from flying.

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"Even 100 soldiers in the central business district, if they suddenly appeared on the front page of all major newspapers, would have a very chilling impact on multinational companies based in Hong Kong", Willy Lam, adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong told CNN. At one point, protesters blocked the entrance to a plaza to prevent police from entering.

Police confirmed that officers fired one shot of tear gas into a train station Sunday, saying it was necessary to disperse violent protesters. Dressed in the black T-shirts and dust masks that have become the de facto uniform of the protest movement, the visibly angry crowd chanted slogans such as "an eye for an eye!" - a reference to the young medic whose blood-drenched face became iconic overnight. The movement's demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader, democratic elections, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters.

Hong Kong has seen nine weeks of protests, with no end in sight.

Hong Kong police rules state that such non-lethal ammunition should be shot at people's body or limbs, not at their head.

Later on Monday, two state media outlets ran videos showing armoured personnel and troop carriers purportedly driving to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

"Though people may share different views, it is essential that we all respect each other, our customers and members of the public".

What is Hong Kong's status? A spokesperson for the group added that they believe there is "very clear evidence to show police are violating their guidelines". 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".

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