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Hong Kong leader defends police, dodges protesters’ demands

Yanan Wang and Katie Tam, The Related Press
Revealed Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:03AM EDT

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam defended regulation enforcement actions Tuesday after protesters prompted an airport shutdown with calls to research alleged police brutality.

At one of many world’s busiest airports, airways have been checking in passengers for brand new flights and for these unable to go away Monday when 200 flights have been cancelled as a result of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators had packed into the airport’s essential terminal.

Protesters have proven no signal of letting up on their marketing campaign to drive Lam’s administration to answer their calls for. No new violence was reported, though town is on edge after greater than two months of near-daily and more and more bloody confrontations between protesters and police.

Demonstrators have known as for an unbiased inquiry into what they name the police’s abuse of energy and negligence. Some protesters thrown bricks, eggs and flaming objects at police stations.

Lam advised reporters that dialogue would solely start when the violence stopped. She reiterated her assist for the police and mentioned they’ve needed to make on-the-spot selections below tough circumstances, utilizing “the lowest level of force.”

“After the violence has been stopped, and the chaotic situation that we are seeing could subside,” Lam mentioned, “I as the chief executive will be responsible to rebuild Hong Kong’s economy … to help Hong Kong to move on.”

She didn’t elaborate on what steps her authorities will take towards reconciliation. After two months, the protests have turn out to be more and more divisive and prompted clashes throughout town.

Software program engineer Joydeep Chakravarti, whose connecting flight to San Francisco was cancelled late Monday, expressed frustration that he was advised to go away the airport when he wished to remain contained in the terminal.

“I don’t know what’s out there, so I don’t want to leave. I didn’t make any plans for Hong Kong,” mentioned Chakravarti, who had a carry-on bag with laptop computer, charger and an additional shirt whereas the remainder of his baggage already was checked in on his Singapore Airways flight.

Kerry Dickinson, a traveller from South Africa, mentioned she had bother getting her baggage Tuesday morning. “I don’t think I will ever fly to Hong Kong again,” she mentioned.

On Monday, the central authorities in Beijing ominously characterised the protest motion as one thing approaching “terrorism” that posed an “existential threat” to the inhabitants. Beijing tends to outline terrorism broadly, together with nonviolent actions opposing authorities insurance policies on the setting or Tibet, for instance.

Hong Kong was promised sure democratic rights when China took over the then-British colony in 1997, however in recent times, some have accused Beijing of steadily eroding their freedoms.

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