- Title: Hong Kong leader says escalation of violence becoming more serious
- Date: 27th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 27, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIES LAM SAYING: "The peace only remains for a short period of time, on Saturday (August 24) and Sunday (August 25) we saw another protest and escalated violence, which is not only throwing stuff or bricks but also using weapons to attack the police, throwing patrol bombs to police and their vehicles as well as damage some shops in the area. The escalated violence is becoming more serious." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIES LAM SAYING: "Violence is not a solution to problems and the action should not be beautified or legalised and we will not use force to de-escalate the problem. We will use legal procedures, hopefully Hong Kong will return to peace as soon as possible. That will help us start a dialogue and look into the problems in depth." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIES LAM SAYING: "The government has zero tolerance for violence, this is not differentiated by political opinions, background and colour, the government and police will follow up with all illegal activities."
- Embargoed: 10th September 2019 03:37
- Keywords: Hong Kong Carrie Lam news conferece protests voilence
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATZRVPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (August 27) the escalation of violence in anti-government protests that have rocked the Asian financial centre for three months is becoming more serious.
Lam was speaking in public for the first time since anti-government demonstrations escalated on Sunday (August 25), when police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles with protesters who threw bricks and petrol bombs.
The Chinese-ruled city is grappling with its biggest political crisis since its handover to Beijing in 1997 and Communist Party authorities have sent a clear warning that forceful intervention is possible to quell the unrest.
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