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HK leader Carrie Lam expresses deep regret at 'interference by foreign parliaments'

HK leader Carrie Lam expresses deep regret at 'interference by foreign parliaments'

Protesters vandalized subway stations, set street fires and blocked traffic over the weekend, forcing police to fire tear gas.

Earlier on Tuesday, the city's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, had warned against foreign interference in Hong Kong's affairs, adding that an escalation of violence could not solve social issues in the Asian financial hub.

However final week, she made a shock concession, asserting the complete withdrawal of the extradition invoice.

On Tuesday night, they plan to gather at the World Cup qualifying match between Hong Kong and Iran. Disrespecting the national anthem is an offense in China. Hong Kong visitor arrivals plunged almost 40% in August from a year earlier as tourists steered clear of the city. "Even if we lose, we'll keep going".

A protester with a USA national flag sticking out from her mask takes part in a march from Chater Garden to the US Consulate in Hong Kong on September 8, 2019.

The protesters urged the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would require Washington to make an annual assessment of whether Hong Kong was sufficiently autonomous from mainland China to retain special U.S. trade and economic benefits.

Wong, however, pointed out that he and his fellow protesters have been seeking talks with Lam since July 1.

Lam also reiterated Tuesday that attempts by foreign nations to interfere in Hong Kong's internal affairs over freedom and civil liberties in the city were "totally unnecessary".

She urged Germany to avoid sending the wrong signal to "radical, separatist forces in Hong Kong" and said any efforts to solicit foreign support to split the country are "doomed to fail".

"We hope they can withdraw their black hands in Hong Kong as soon as possible", she said.

The sometimes violent demonstrations have taken a toll on Hong Kong's economy, which is on the verge of its first recession in a decade.

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Hong Kong welcomed 40 million tourists for the first seven months.

Hua said that during her trip last week, Merkel clearly said that she opposes violence and supports "one country, two systems".

Comparing the struggle of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters to the role of Berlin during the Cold War, activist Joshua Wong told an audience in the German capital that his city was now a bulwark between the free world and the "dictatorship of China".

Wong was due to hold a public discussion on Wednesday evening at Humboldt University in Berlin and later travel to the United States.

The government last week promised to axe the extradition bill that sparked the three months of protests but failed to placate protesters, whose demands also include democratic reforms and police accountability.

Wong was central to the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

"Escalation and continuation of violence can not solve the issues faced by our society now", she said.

Some of the city's powerful tycoons have begun to appeal for calm.

Billionaire Li Ka Shing said in a video broadcast on local TV that the government should temper justice with mercy.

She added, "It is really to express my sincerity to start a dialogue with the people".


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