- Title: Hong Kong's leader says protests are hurting economy more than SARS
- Date: 9th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 9, 2019) (REUTERS) HONG KONG CHIEF EXCECUTIVE CARRIE LAM WALKING UP TO PODIUM AT PRESSER (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "I know that everyone has their own reasons to be dissatisfied with the government, whether due to the amendment bill (to the fugitive offenders ordinance) or other government policies. But this dissatisfaction should not be the reason to encourage violence or tolerate large-scale lawbreaking activities that will harm the economy and lead to big troubles in people's daily lives. So I hope that peaceful protesters can put down their differences." PRESS CONFERENCE ONGOING (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "In comparison with those days when we were faced with the impact of SARS and even the global financial crisis, the impact on the economy this time is even more severe. The recovery of the economy will be a long road." PRESS CONFERENCE ONGOING (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "A small minority of people, as you have said, they did not mind destroying Hong Kong's economy. They have no stake in the society which so many people have helped to build. And that's why they resort to all this violence and obstruction, causing huge damage to the economy, and to the daily life of the people." VARIOUS OF PRESS CONFERENCE ONGOING (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "So I am indeed very worried about this situation, and that's why I appeal for calm, calmness and rationality, to help us to overcome this situation." PRESS CONFERENCE ONGOING (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "As far as (a) political solution is concerned, I don't think we should just sort of make concessions in order to silence the violent protesters. We should do what is right for Hong Kong. And at this moment, what is right for Hong Kong, as we have heard all our 33 business representatives told us, is to stop the violence, and to say no to the chaotic situation that Hong Kong has experienced in the last few weeks, so that we can move on." EMBLEM OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION REPORTERS SHOUTING AS CARRIE LAM DEPARTS THE PRESS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2019 12:09
- Keywords: Carrie Lam Hong kong China protesters protest extradition bill
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001ARHVIH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday (August 9) the business community was very worried about the long-term consequences of protests in the Asian financial hub.
Lam was flanked by business leaders as she told the media that downward economic pressure had hit like a "tsunami" and the protest is "hurting the economy more than the SARS" epidemic.
The city has been embroiled in a political crisis throughout the summer, with anti-government street protests turning increasingly violent.
Retail sales and tourism numbers took a knock in June
(Production: Aleksander Solum, Juarawee Kittisilpa)
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