Hong Kong `won`t rule out` Chinese help over protests: Leader Carrie Lam

Protestors stand in line to move supplies in Hong Kong Sunday Oct. 6 2019. Tens of thousands of protesters braved the rain Sunday to march in central Hong Kong as a court rejected a second legal attempt to block a mask ban aimed at quashing violence

Hong Kong has been rocked by almost four months of unrest, with close to a million protesters earlier taking to the streets against a contentious extradition Bill.

The HKSAR government on Friday invoked the power under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and put in place the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation as a deterrent to rioters, most of whom have used masks to hide their identities.

Four months of protests have thrown the former British colony into its worst political crisis in decades and pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. The MTR Corp. supplied just limited train service Monday, a public holiday, and meant to shut all channels for fixes at 6 p.m.

Since June, 2,363 people have been arrested, with more than 200 charged with rioting.

The vice chairman of Demosisto, a political party that wants autonomy for Hong Kong and whose candidates have been disqualified from office and running for elections, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam's decision to invoke the Emergency Ordinance that had last been used 50 years ago had inflamed the situation.

Activists called for more protests across all 18 districts at 3 p.m., later changed to 8 p.m. "Hong Kong people, fight to the end", read one flier circulated on social media.

Tens of thousands of protesters, many with children, marched peacefully through the city centre on Sunday, most wearing face masks in defiance of the threat of a maximum one year in prison.

The protests - erupting after pioneer Carrie Lam invoked an emergency legislation to the very first time in over half a century to prohibit face masks - dealt another setback to the Hong Kong market on a weekend generally filled with tourists.

"I can not tell you categorically now under what circumstances we will do extra things, including ... calling on the central government to help", she said.

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She appealed to property developers and landlords to offer relief to retailers whose businesses had been hit.

China dismisses such accusations, saying foreign governments, including Britain and the U.S., have fanned anti-China sentiment.

A 14-year-old boy was shot and injured Friday night during a scuffle between a plainclothes police officer and demonstrators who had attacked his vehicle.

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that if anything bad happened in Hong Kong it would be bad for the US-China trade talks.

Some stations were torched in the protests.

Many shops and Chinese banks were also extensively damaged.

Yesterday, as schools and offices reopened after a public holiday weekend, rail operator MTR Corporation restarted operations at most of its 93-station network, but said it would shut earlier at 8pm to facilitate fix works. "If similar violent incidents occur in their countries, they may take stricter measures", she said. Supporters wearing masks filled the courtroom, producing the surreal sight of two people being charged for breaking the law, while surrounded by dozens of others committing exactly the same offence.

The economy of Hong Kong, a vital global financial hub, has taken a beating during the months of protests, which have been exacerbated by the U.S.

"It is too early to say that the anti-mask is not effective", Lam said, before adding, "It would take time for it to be effectively implemented". She did not elaborate.

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