Carrie Lam Urges Foreign Politicians to ‘Stop Supporting Violence’

Protestors face police tear gas in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's leader has issued a veiled warning that Beijing could intervene with force to quell the territory's violent anti-government protests, but after months of unrest, she said she still believes "we should find solutions ourselves".

"When rioters destroy malls and MTR stations, they call them dead things".

Lam noted that a Chinese military intervention is in accordance to Hong Kong's constitution, known as the Basic Law, but said she "cannot reveal" the circumstances of when she would enforce such an intervention.

On Friday, Lam invoked the sweeping emergency powers, firing up demonstrations over the weekend when tens of thousands took to the streets wearing masks in defiance.

Critics bother the emergency legislation, which provides Ms Lam giant powers to implement any measures she deems valuable, might maybe pave the technique for added draconian moves.

While admitting that there would be "some complications and misunderstandings" while enforcing the new legislation, Lam said her government would take necessary measure "to provide for some legitimate defenses and exemptions for certain categories of people".

She said seeking Chinese intervention was provided for under Hong Kong's constitution but that she can not reveal under what circumstances she would do so.

But she denied any plans to use the emergency ordinance any further at this point.

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Despite the regular clashes between protesters and police - and the first interaction between Chinese troops stationed in the territory and demonstrators - Lam said that Hong Kong was equipped to handle the situation on its own. Since September almost 40% of those arrested in protests were under 18 and 10% under 15, said Lam, adding young people should not be involved in political activity.

Also on October 8, about 150 students from Cheung Chuk Shan College in North Point, all wearing facial masks, took to the streets from a metro station near the school to voice support for two schoolmates who they said had been recently arrested, according to local media RTHK.

A police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media said 13 people were detained Saturday for violating the ban and other offences but couldn't say how many more were arrested Sunday.

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. Thirteen damaged stations remained shut on Tuesday morning as rush-hour commuters returned to work after the long break, although two reopened later.

The U.S. luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co deleted a Twitter advertisement posted on Monday showing a female model with her hand covering her right eye, which some people interpreted as supporting the protesters.

Hong Kong protesters urged fresh rallies Monday even as the city worked to clean up from another chaotic weekend in which demonstrators battled with police, vandalized shops and paralyzed swaths of the Asian financial hub. However, protesters have accused Beijing of reneging on those promises.

Patten said Lam "would have to be crazy" to have made her recent decisions on her own without being pressured into them. Senior People's Liberation Army officers have said violence will not be tolerated.

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