A losing strategy? Hong Kong protests grow more violent

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news conference to unveil the College Affordability Act on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday Oct

Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J. would require the State Department to provide a yearly report to lawmakers confirming Hong Kong's political autonomy from China. The apartments, dubbed "mosquito-size units" or "gnat flats" in Chinese are drawing online ridicule and underscore worries over the Asian financial hub's overheated real estate market and widening inequality.

Pro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at chamber of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

But chaos erupted once more as her political opponents chanted slogans and were dragged one by one from the chamber.

"The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act conveys to Beijing that it can not undermine the city's freedom while expecting America to still give that city preferential trade arrangements", said Rep.

However, a Foreign Relations Committee aide said votes on Hong Kong-related measures were expected in the chamber in the coming weeks. Hong Kong's government is now short 67,000 public housing units to meet its self-imposed housing supply target by 2028 because of a lack of public land.

Millions have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, initially against a now-dropped bid by its leaders to allow extraditions to the authoritarian Chinese mainland. "And that's why the students and the young people are out in the streets in Hong Kong virtually every day". "At the same time, we must also pay attention to the deeper conflicts and problems in society, implement effective measures, and completely eradicate the root cause of public unrest".

Applauding the passage of the bill, the House speaker Nancy Pelosi accused China of breaking its promise of granting Hong Kong "a high degree of autonomy".

Major developers, including Henderson Land 0012.HK , New World Development 0017.HK and Sun Hung Kai Properties 0016.HK , are sitting on "no less than 1,000 hectares" of agricultural land, according to government estimates.

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Democracy protesters in Hong Kong have publicly pleaded for lawmakers to push through the three measures. The suspension means the extradition bill - which sparked months of protests - was unable to be withdrawn formally. Lam later permanently suspended the bill, but the protests have since morphed into a broader call for government transparency and universal suffrage.

The passage of the bill came one day after a massive rally in Hong Kong on Monday night attended by what organizers estimated to be 200,000 people, who showed up in support of the legislation, despite the possibility of the bill threatening Hong Kong's special status with the United States if it becomes law.

During a news conference after the video address, Ms Lam rejected claims that her speech had ignored the demands of the protest movement.

Strongly condemning the attack, Sham's group said the incident would have a "chilling effect" on democracy advocates and fuel fears of politically-motivated "white terror" attacks in the city.

Her address was later broadcast live from her official residence. "But this is really a secondary issue as long as they keep the Hong Kong Policy Act intact".

Pro-democracy lawmakers had reacted with anger to Lam's presence before she even said a word.

"We are devastated to hear of this attack on Jimmy Sham, a fearless human rights defender and one of the driving forces behind Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests".

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