Hong Kong fans turn back on Chinese anthem

HK teens form chains to support protesters

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pushed back against protester calls for the passage of USA legislation that would require annual assessments of the city's special trading status and allow sanctions on Chinese officials.

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

"The downgrade reflects months of ongoing conflict environment which are testing the "one country, two systems" framework and which have inflicted damage to the worldwide perception of the quality and effectiveness of Hong Kong's governance and rule of law as well as the stability of its business environment", Schwarz said.

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

July tourist arrivals fell 4.8pc on the year, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the first annual decline since January 2018 and the biggest percentage drop since August 2016.

Damage to subway stations "exceeds far beyond the anti-extradition bill and protest demands", Lam said.

Clashes between police and activists have become increasingly violent, with police using tear gas and protesters storming parliament.

An escalation of violence can not solve social issues in Hong Kong, the leader of the Chinese-ruled city, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday, adding that she deeply regretted interference by foreign parliaments in the Asian financial hub's matters. Tens of thousands marched through the city's financial district and submitted a letter to officials of the U.S. consulate, urging for greater action to help the protesters.

Hong Kong has been roiled by protests since June over an extradition bill that would have sent some residents to mainland China for trial.

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In a blog post, Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan said visitor numbers fell nearly 40% from previous year. China denies the accusation of meddling in the city. They have also warned outsiders to keep out of what they call an internal affair.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department reported 31,211 arrivals of Thai nationals staying overnight in the territory in July, 6.6% fewer than in the same period a year ago.

On Monday, former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the anti-government protests were not an internal Chinese matter and the United States should offer at least moral support to the demonstrators.

Mr Wong launched his career as an activist when he was just 12 years old and later became the poster child of the huge pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" protests of 2014 that failed to win any concessions from Beijing.

Mrs Lam called for dialogue on Tuesday.

"The escalation and continued violence can not solve the current problems faced by society, and would cause societal conflicts, rift and even hatred to deepen, making our work to resume order and mend rifts more hard". "It will only deepen the conflict, contradiction, splits, and even hatred in society".

The protests, beamed live to the world since June, have prompted some of the city's powerful tycoons to appeal for calm.

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.

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

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