'P is for protest': Hong Kong families join pro-democracy rally

Marco Green
August 10, 2019

According to the Ta Kung Pao's account, Julie Eadeh, a political counselor at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, met with pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law in the lobby of a hotel in the city.

Her comments came as she warned that the demonstrations now in their third month were causing economic chaos in the worldwide financial hub.

The Hong Kong office of China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday asked the United States to explain reports in Communist Party-controlled media that USA diplomats were in contact with student leaders of protests that have convulsed Hong Kong for nine weeks.

Police said they had not received a formal application for the airport protest and warned against violence or disruptions that could endanger public safety.

"Some people have described it as coming like a tsunami ... the economic recovery will take a long time", she said.

There was little sign of a softening in the position of the financial hub's chief executive, who ruled out concessions, while Beijing and Washington stepped up a war of words over a USA diplomat's meeting with Hong Kong activists.

The protests began over the controversial extradition bill but have morphed into a broader movement demanding democratic reforms.

That sparked concern over potential human rights abuses and unearthed a deep-seated distrust for many in Hong Kong.

The US on Friday called China a "thuggish regime" after a Chinese state newspaper published the name and photo of a US diplomat talking to Hong Kong activists.

"Hong Kong's future is theirs".

Protesters demonstrate at the airport in Hong Kong on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

The authority also requires the airline to submit information of crew members on all flights to the mainland for verification from Sunday, as well as a plan for boosting internal control and aviation by August 15.

China has ordered the Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific to suspend any staff who support pro-democracy protests in the territory.

Beijing has taken a harsh line on the demonstrations but protesters remain unbowed, with a weekend sit-in at the airport heading into its second day.

The government of Hong Kong slammed the professor's claims and the surrounding rumors in a Thursday press release, saying the allegation of Beijing reinforcements was "absolutely unfounded and was a complete fabrication".

The statement said the government and the travel industry were working to minimise disruptions and "all stand ready to welcome and assist visitors to Hong Kong any time".

Protesters were careful to leave a path clear for travellers, some of whom recorded the demonstration on their phones or helped themselves to pamphlets offered by the demonstrators.

Clara Boudehen, visiting from France, said she was "very impressed" by the rally. "Yet for this Hong Kong, we fight". I feel they are trying to show their real heart.

She did not elaborate on the nature of the reports, but said: "This must stop".

Officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets after protesters ignore commands and throw objects in the ongoing backlash over a Chinese extradition bill.

Around 100 protesters gathered to burn paper money featuring caricatures of Lam and emblazoned with the logo "Hell Bank Note" as others looked on.

It is hoped that protesters gathering at the airport "will be peaceful and law-abiding", Tse said, adding that the demonstrators "should not commit any disorderly acts that will affect both citizens and visitors".

Further protests are planned for the weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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