Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Hong Kong protesters boo Chinese anthem, leader warns against interference

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When the Chinese anthem was played out - China has been administrating Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" since 1997, people booed from the stands.

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.

Lam's popularity rating rebounded slightly from a record low in a poll partly conducted after her September 4 announcement that she would withdraw controversial legislation that would've allowed extraditions to China, and which first sparked protests in June.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the United States and other countries against interfering in the city's domestic affairs, two days after thousands of protesters gathered outside the U.S. consulate to ask President Donald Trump to "liberate" the city.

Lam once again criticised the protesters on Tuesday.

Anti-Government protesters hold up signs saying "boo" and "We are Hong Kong" to protest during the football match.

The weekend unrest signaled that protests against Beijing's increasing grip over Hong Kong showed no sign of stopping.

Asked about Li's comments, Lam agreed that the government "can do more and can do better", especially in meeting young people to hear their grievances.

Protesters took to the streets once more on Sunday, marching to the American consulate to name on Congress to cross a invoice expressing help for the pro-democracy motion.

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As protesters make their way through the shopping area of Causeway Bay, and with police officers on their tail, some shoppers are locked inside stores to avoid getting mixed up in the confrontation.

Since mass protests against the bill began in June, demonstrations have often degenerated into violent encounters between baton-wielding riot police and activists, leading to scores of injuries and about 1,300 arrests.

Demonstrators crowd every overpass, even on the rooftops, as they attend a pro-democracy rally near the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong.

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.

"To interfere into Hong Kong's internal affairs in terms of what we are doing under the Basic Law protection of freedoms and liberties - this is totally unnecessary", Lam told reporters at a briefing. The protests were originally triggered by a draft law which would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has just returned from a trip to China, during which she faced criticism from Germany for not engaging more directly with the Hong Kong protesters, whose cause is popular in Germany, though she did call for a peaceful solution to the Hong Kong unrest.

Beijing rebuked Germany on Tuesday for allowing prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong to visit "to engage in anti-China separatist activities".

In an immediate response, Wong tweeted that China's strong reaction was "baffling".

Hong Kong visitor arrivals plunged almost 40% in August from a year earlier, deepening from July's 5 per cent fall, the finance secretary said as sometimes violent anti-government protests take a rising toll on the city's tourism, retail and hotel businesses. His prosecution came after his release from prison in June following a two-month sentence related to the 2014 protests.

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