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Mind your own business, China tells Dominic Raab after Hong Kong call

Mind your own business, China tells Dominic Raab after Hong Kong call

Thousands of residents, furious with government indifference and harsh policing, fought battles throughout the city as they tried frenzied, urban guerrilla tactics to block roads, occupy the airport terminal, march en masse, participants shrugging off rounds of tear gas.

Scores of protesters were arrested, sometimes after being beaten with batons and bloodied by police.

While China might be exploiting fears of a bloody "Tiananmen" crackdown on Hong Kong's protest movement, analysts say the potentially catastrophic economic and political consequences will deter Beijing from any overt boots-on-the ground intervention.

Over the weekend police fired tear gas into subway stations.

For the moment, China has restricted itself to voicing its total support for the Hong Kong police force.

After years of growing Chinese intervention in the city, many protesters feel that this is their last chance to defend the city's autonomy.

The airport has become a focal point for protesters, with global visitors being the target audience of large banners and anti-government leaflets printed in multiple languages.

Kong said airport authorities had allowed demonstrators to gather in the arrivals halls - although the protest was not granted a permit from police - but accused the activists of blocking departures.

But in a Monday message to staff, chief executive Rupert Hogg reiterated that Cathay Pacific employees would also face "disciplinary consequences" if they get involved in the pro-democracy protests.

The Hong Kong Government responded on their official website condemning the "violence" of the protestors.

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Hong Kong has reportedly ordered three of the vehicles at a cost of HK$27 million (RM14.4 million), though police declined to confirm the exact price-tag.

Police in Hong Kong have once again fired tear gas in an attempt to break up protests that have been taking place for the past 10 weekends.

The increasingly violent protests since June have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious crisis in decades and are one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Beijing has also signalled that it is losing patience with the protests.

"Carrie Lam is now spreading lies and blaming us for destroying Hong Kong's economy". "For us, it's like, 'Live free or die.' We don't want to live in a world like China now".

All Cathay Pacific crew members flying to the mainland will have to submit their identification details to Chinese authorities for approval before flights can proceed, it said.

During a general strike on Monday, more than 100 flights were cancelled because airline and airport employees were participating in the protest.

The move escalated Beijing's actions against corporations seen as supporting - or at least tolerating - staff participation in city protests that have dragged on for more than two months.

Cathay said on Friday - before the CAAC's directive - that while it supports the "one country, two systems" principle governing Hong Kong, it doesn't condone activities that may jeopardise the city's stability or impact aviation safety.


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