Hong Kong tourism falls 40% as protests continue

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

Millions of people have demonstrated over the last 14 weeks in the biggest challenge to China's rule of the financial hub since its handover from Britain in 1997.

Speaking in NY on Monday, the retired U.S. Marine general said that while President Donald Trump's administration should use caution given the sensitivity of the Hong Kong protests, America should at least be morally standing with those fighting for their freedoms (via Reuters). Lam said that any change to its economic relationship with Washington would threaten "mutual benefits", AFP reported.

"The school-based human chain is the strongest showcase of how this protest is deep-rooted in society, so deep-rooted that it enters through the school students", said Mr Alan Leong, an alumnus of Wah Yan College in the Kowloon district.

The other demands include the retraction of the word "riot" to describe demonstrations, the release of all those arrested and the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders. "We will speak up for freedom and democracy", one of the spectators, Leo Fan, said as members of the crowd continued to chant slogans and sing protest songs as they left.

Hong Kong tourism falls 40% as protests continue

Washington has rejected Beijing's allegations that it is backing the demonstrators and China has provided little evidence to back its claims beyond supportive statements from some United States politicians.

The unrest has become the biggest challenge to Beijing's rule since it took over Hong Kong and is an embarrassment to its ruling Communist Party ahead of October 1 celebrations of its 70th year in power.

This fall, Congress will consider new legislation that would enable the U.S.to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials believed to be abusing human rights in the territory and undermining its autonomy.

The protestors on Sunday had asked United States for help in bringing democracy to the Chinese-ruled city.

The city has faced months of protests that still show no signs of ending.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses a news conference in Hong Kong, China September 5, 2019.

In what has become a familiar pattern, Sunday's main daytime rally to the U.S. consulate passed off peacefully.

Lam was speaking after another weekend of sometimes violent clashes in the former British colony, with police firing tear gas to disperse protesters in cat-and-mouse skirmishes, at times smashing windows and starting street fires.

Hong Kong police on Tuesday said off-duty officers will be carrying extendable batons to be used in case of emergency.

"The insane destruction made at MTR stations shows that protesters have acted beyond expressing their views on the extradition law and other demands", she said, using the name of the firm that runs the city's underground rail service.

Wong also likened the ongoing protests to the role of Berlin during the Cold War, expanding on remarks he gave on Monday night during an event where he met German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

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