Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

China warns it could unilaterally impose emergency rule on Hong Kong

China warns it could unilaterally impose emergency rule on Hong Kong

In telling statements caught on a 24 minute-long audio recording, Lam lamented her unenviable position and said she'd quit if she could.

Beijing took a wait-and-see approach during the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" in Hong Kong, which saw protesters occupy parts of the city for more than two months.

Lam reaffirmed that she had never contemplated resigning as she took questions from reporters.

She also said that "if she had a choice " the first thing she would do would be to quit, having made a deep apology.

Meanwhile, a thousand of students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong held an unofficial inauguration ceremony after the university's authorities decided on August 20 to cancel the traditional event to welcome students after the summer break.

Fellow spokesman Xu Luying said at the same press briefing that the city was facing the "most grim" situation since its return to China, and that the "most imperative task is to put an end to violence and restore order".

Ms Lam also said that the Chinese government believes that the Hong Kong government can overcome the conflict on its own, without any interference.

One Form Six student at La Salle College surnamed Yuen said discussing politics was unavoidable, Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Hong Kong's worldwide airport yesterday to disrupt travel and try to bring global attention to their fight for democracy following another night of violent protests.

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Demonstrators shine lasers while gathered on Lung Wo Road during a protest in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong China on Monday Sept. 2 2019

She said the release of the recording was "unacceptable".

Students at Monday's rally chanted slogans in support of the five demands: formal withdrawal of planned amendments to extradition laws; an amnesty for hundreds of arrested protesters; an end to the description of protesters as rioters; an independent inquiry into police violence and abuse of power; and fully democratic elections.

Since June, Hong Kong has at times experienced violent protests which have led to clashes with police and the partial shutdown of one of the world's busiest airports, all of which has caused a drop in tourism.

The strike coincided with a boycott of the first day of classes by university and high school students.

Fast-fashion giant Zara said store closures in Hong Kong on Monday weren't related to ongoing anti-Beijing protests in the city, after speculation on Chinese social media that the retailer's employees were supporting the demonstrators. Stand with Hong Kong!' as riot police watched on from inside the terminal building.

"Another thing I want to assure you, that is my own feeling the pulse and through discussions, CPG (Central People's Government) has absolutely no plan to send in the PLA".

"Either Carrie Lam lied to the business leaders last week or to the public of Hong Kong this morning", said pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting.

The amendments to existing extradition laws are widely seen as a threat to Hong Kong's way of life, which was supposed to have been protected under the "one country, two systems" framework under which the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997. Some then targeted the MTR subway station in nearby Tung Chung, ripping out turnstiles and smashing CCTV cameras, glass panels and lamps with metal poles.

She also said excessive force by the police may be "making the problem worse", backfiring by making more protesters more radical.

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