Hong Kong protesters block roads near airport

Hong Kong protesters block roads near airport

Hong Kong protesters block roads near airport

For now, the protests look set to continue until the government concedes to the pro-democratic demands of the people in Hong Kong.

Some had believed the start of the academic year would mark the end of nearly three months of mass demonstrations against the Hong Kong government, backed by Beijing.

The law has been shelved, but Lam has been unable to end the upheaval. "These actions far exceeded the original political demands". But the demonstrations over China's perceived efforts to curtail the city's unique freedoms come after a weekend of chaos.

Beijing on Monday reiterated its support for Lam.

Amnesty International mentioned the metro violence must be investigated.

Protesters in Hong Kong kept train doors from closing at stations on Monday, causing major delays on the local train network during the morning commute.

"Day by day this doesn't feel like Hong Kong", said Joey Cheung, a taxi driver who was trying to get to the airport. On Thursday, Beijing moved a new batch of troops into Hong Kong, a move Chinese state media described as a routine annual rotation.

While police attacked the protesters in the metro, others took to the streets in the Wan Chai district, many joining a Christian march, while others demonstrated in the Causeway Bay shopping district in the pouring rain. Tensions have risen as the world's two biggest economies are embroiled in a tit-for-tat trade war.

"Markets are fretting on the increased likelihood of direct Chinese intervention and what that would mean for the future of one of Asia's leading financial centres", said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst for Asia-Pacific at OANDA. The Global Times also criticized Reuters for incorrectly referring to a symposium held on August 7 between China's central government Liaison Office and the authorities of the Special Administrative Region.

Chief among these are for the extradition bill to be formally scrapped, for the territory's chief executive to quit, and for an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality during the protests.

Protesters have called for a general strike on Monday, but it was not immediately clear who would turn up.

"Hong Kong is still free, but if I don't stand up for my freedoms now I might regret it someday", said Thomas Tsang, 15.

The tone of Lam's comments in the recording is at odds with her more steely public visage.

The demonstrations, at times turning violent, have now lasted for almost three months.

"They know that the price would be too huge to pay", she said.

She said there was "absolutely no plan" to deploy the People's Liberation Army and that China has imposed no deadline on ending the unrest, preferring to ride out any economic cost.

Police said protesters hurled iron poles, bricks and rocks on to the railway track near the airport station and trespassed on the track.

High school students at one rally told CBS News they were grateful for the support they've received from other Hong Kongers.

The weeks of violence have damaged Hong Kong's reputation for stability and prosperity.

She expressed deep regrets about her push to pass the bill.

She gave her audience a gloomy outlook.

"You can't solve problems by talking nonsense", the council said.

China, which buttresses Hong Kong's government, has reacted with intimidatory tactics, including putting pressure on the city's businesses and publicising troop movements and exercises near the border.

From actor Jackie Chan to billionaire magnate Li Ka-shing, most famous Hong Kongers have chosen silence or made cryptic middle-ground calls for peace, as Beijing scours the landscape for critics.

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