Hong Kong leader warns against interference, escalation of violence

Hong Kong police fire blue-dyed water cannons at protesters

The other demands include the retraction of the word "riot" to describe demonstrations, the release of all those arrested and the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders.

Hong Kong returned to Beijing in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

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 past year.

Chan said the social unrest had severely damaged the image of Hong Kong as a safe worldwide city and a hub for trade, aviation and finance.

"Escalation and continuation of violence can not solve the issues faced by our society now", Lam told a news conference on Tuesday.

Hua said no foreign government has the right to intervene in Hong Kong affairs because they are an internal Chinese matter.

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.

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 U.S. State Department said in a travel advisory Friday that Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign "falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong".

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"The downgrade reflects months of ongoing conflict environment which are testing the "one country, two systems" framework and which have inflicted damage to the global 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.

Wong also likened the ongoing protests to the role of Berlin during the Cold War, expanding on remarks he gave on Monday night during an event where he met German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

After three months of unrest, Lam last week withdrew a controversial extradition bill that had triggered the unrest, but the gesture failed to appease many demonstrators.

Anger over the now-shelved extradition bill has reinvigorated public opposition to Beijing that had dwindled after 2014, when authorities faced down a pro-democracy movement that occupied the streets of the central business district for 79 days.

Ms Lam as soon as once more denounced demonstrators throughout her Tuesday press convention.

But she stressed the government can not condone violence and will strictly enforce the law.

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

She said her decision to formally withdraw the extradition bill and her other initiatives reflected her sincerity to heal society by initiating a direct dialogue with various communities, including protesters.

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

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