Hong Kong Police Arrest of Woman Sparks Fury From Crowd

Inside the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong

During the press conference, Lam announced that the government would soon take "bold measures" to shore up Hong Kong's faltering economy but once again failed to concede to any of the protesters' demands or offer solutions about how to put an end to demonstrations which are now going into their ninth weekend.

A State Department official told AFP representatives of the USA government "meet regularly with a wide cross section of people across Hong Kong and Macau".

"China solemnly demands that the British side immediately stop all actions that meddle in Hong Kong affairs and interfere in China's internal affairs", said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying Saturday.

The Global Times praised Lau for "dealing with the riots in Mong Kok during the 2014 Occupy Central Movement" and hoped he could likewise handle the current protest movement, which has "turned into a series of riots targeting the Hong Kong government" in the Chinese Communist paper's view.

Huarong International, the investment arm in Hong Kong of China Huarong Asset Management Co, has instructed staff not to fly Cathay Pacific if there are other options, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters and confirmed by a source at the company. China has also accused foreign powers of fuelling the unrest.

Lam blamed the protests for an economic downturn that she said was worse than any in the past, including the one caused by the 2003 SARS outbreak.

The residents called for the release of people who had been arrested during the protest and chanted, "Hong Kong police know the law and break the law!"

China has lashed out at the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, after he spoke to Hong Kong's leader about protests that have morphed from a campaign against a controversial extradition bill into rolling street demonstrations demanding electoral reforms.

Police said on Sunday they had arrested 16 people during the protests on Saturday for charges including unlawful assembly and possession of an offensive weapon.

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Anti-government protests were planned in different locations in the Asian financial hub, including one at the city's global airport for a third day.

Under pressure of a boycott, the firm's mainland China office issued a statement saying it operated separately from the Hong Kong division and upheld China's "one country, two systems" rule. There are as yet no police at the scene. The Hong Kong-based, pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao reported that the political unit chief of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong, Julie Eadeh, had met with members of the political party Demosisto - including prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong.

The territory's leader, Carrie Lam, condemned the "extreme use of violence and vandalism" by protesters. "We still have our rights", she told AFP. "This time is more serious".

"If you are unsatisfied with the Hong Kong government that does not mean you should condone the violence".

"We are very angry about the police over arresting our teenagers", she said.

In the early hours on August 11, the Hong Kong government released a press release saying that it had arrested 16 people overnight for "unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapon, assaulting a police officer, and obstructing a police officer in the execution of duties".

China dismissed the remark as "gangster logic".

"Every person who cherishes Hong Kong and loves peace should work hard together and safeguard our lovely home".

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