Sporadic anti-govt. protests continue in Hong Kong

Thursday, 28 Nov, 2019

On Tuesday, university staff combed the campus looking for holdouts, finding one female protester who appeared "physically weak and emotionally unstable", the university said.

Only 21 candidates from Hong Kong's biggest pro-establishment party Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) won in the elections.

Stocks slipped following her remarks after rising 1.5% a day earlier, when she said her government "will listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly".

He said, "I would suppose the central government [China] must be aware that the majority of Hong Kong's people are dissatisfied with Carrie Lam, her government and the police, but there is no other real option".

Ms Lam said: 'Let me just stress, after these five-six months, Hong Kong people have realised very clearly that Hong Kong could no longer tolerate this chaotic situation. The poll result, the first vote to be held since protests engulfed the city, has stunned the semi-autonomous territory.

In the days leading up to the vote, anti-government protesters clashed with riot police.

"You should try to avoid preconditions, in my view, as a way to get the parties to the table because that's the way to get the dialogue on your terms, as opposed to the other party's terms", Clem McCartney, who worked on the peace process in Northern Ireland, said at a forum in Hong Kong this month.

The cross-port tunnel will reopen Wednesday morning, earlier than expected, said a senior official of the city.

For the second day on Wednesday, security teams from the university scoured the maze of buildings at the campus, a focal point in recent weeks of the citywide protests that first erupted in June, but no one was found.

He said the individual was over 18 and not a student at the university. Several of the newly elected councilors negotiated their way past the barricade Monday to try to help mediate an end to the school standoff, while demonstrators gathered once more outside the university's gates to express solidarity and press for a peaceful resolution.

The search teams found gasoline bombs and other risky items, the Polytechnic statement said. The library was flooded and the fuel tanks of the cars were forced.

Appearing exhausted and drawn, Lam spoke a day after results showed democratic candidates secured nearly 90% of 452 district council seats in Sunday's elections, which were widely seen as a barometer of the opposition to the Beijing-backed politician following months of unrest.

"I really think this person has no shame at all", Wan said. Lam's comments raised some hopes that she might find a way to resolve the dispute with protesters, who have called for an independent commission of inquiry into the unrest and meaningful elections for the city's top job.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam says her embattled government will "seriously reflect" after local elections gave massive gains to pro-democracy candidates.

Beijing, which blames foreign powers for fomenting the unrest in Hong Kong, has showed no signs that it may soften its stance on the former British colony, which was returned to China in 1997.

Despite the euphoria among protesters over the electoral victory, in which democracy advocates swept around 86 percent of the 452 district council seats, fresh demonstrations were planned for the weekend, including a march to protest the use of teargas on "children".

The office has come in for criticism in Hong Kong and China for misjudging the situation in the city, the report said.

"The most pressing task for Hong Kong at the moment is stopping violence and restoring order". It also faces pressure from proposed USA legislation that could derail Hong Kong's special trade status and punish Hong Kong and China officials found guilty of violating human rights.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned the U.S. ambassador to lodge "strong protests" over a pair of Hong Kong "human rights" bills that sped through the USA legislature last week, insisting that Washington minds its own business. China has vowed to retaliate if the legislation becomes law.

The bill, which passed both houses of the US Congress in November, is still awaiting President Donald Trump's signature before it can be enacted into law despite possible negative impacts on trade negotiations between China and the US.

President Trump tells the press the China trade deal negotiations are going very well. China has accused foreign forces and money of being a "black hand" behind the protests.