Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Carrie Lam Teases Chinese Takeover of Hong Kong Protests

Carrie Lam Teases Chinese Takeover of Hong Kong Protests

Instead of deterring rioting and calming the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked the worldwide financial hub for four months, the mask ban has led to more anger, with rallies and widespread violence over the last three days.

Hong Kong was virtually locked down over the three-day holiday weekend, with the majority of subway stops closed.

Lam refused to comment on rumors that she might use her new emergency powers to shut down Internet access in a bid to control the protests or impose other forms of censorship.

"I can not tell you categorically now under what circumstances we will do extra things, including. calling on the central government to help", she said.

Hong Kong's government says the number of such visitors between October 1 and 6 - holidays for the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China - exceeded 600,000.

Lam also warned that protests were hurting Hong Kong's economy.

Here are some of the places where masks or face coverings are banned in public.

Although the protesters appear to have nearly universally ignored the anti-mask law put in place on Friday, Lam said it was too early to gauge whether the law would work. They were both released on bail pending trial.

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He vowed to make contact with Mr Trump as well as the United States ambassador and said he hoped the matter will be "resolved". She said: "Sit back and look back at the case". "I'm angry that someone could do this and then get on a plane and go".

According to police, the 14 suspects were among 26 people - 14 men and 12 women - aged from 13 to 33, arrested in Wan Chai on Sunday. Since September almost 40% of those arrested in protests were under 18 and 10% under 15, said Lam, adding young people should not be involved in political activity. Asked if the government would consider asking Beijing to send in the military, she said the option was provided for under the Basic Law, the mini-constitution in effect since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

"For any new. legislation, it would take time for it to be effectively implemented", she said.

Yesterday, Hong Kong's metro rail system was only partially operating due to what the authorities said was "serious vandalism" on Sunday night.

During the press conference, Lam told a reporter that she has not ruled out calling on Beijing for assistance, though she and her team were committed to "restore order and calm" through Hong Kong's "legal and political instruments", as well as through her dialogue sessions out in the community.

On Monday, however, Trump urged Xi to ensure a "humane solution" in the territory. He remarked on the "great people over there" and said protesters had been "flying the American flag". At the New Town Plaza in eastern Sha Tin district, a small band played in the concourse as a large crowd of mostly masked supporters sang protest songs and chanted "No rioters, only tyranny".

The Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily, lashed out on Tuesday at Apple Inc for allowing an app on its app store that tracks the movement of police around Hong Kong and is used by protesters in ongoing and sometimes violent demonstrations.

There has been widespread support in Taiwan for the unprecedented protests that have shaken semi-autonomous Hong Kong for four months, but Beijing supporters have targeted rallies and installations backing the movement.

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