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Carrie Lam: I Have Piles of Cash but No Bank Account

Hong Kong boss blames US sanctions

(Newser) - Hong Kong's chief executive says she deals only in cash. "I have piles of cash at home," Carrie Lam said. "The government is paying me cash for my salary because I don't have a bank account." US penalties are the reason, she said. The...

'Ruthless Move' Spurs Mass Resignation of HK Lawmakers

15 pro-democracy politicians step down after 4 colleagues were disqualified by Hong Kong's gov't

(Newser) - Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers said Wednesday they were resigning en masse following a move by the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's government to disqualify four of their fellow pro-democracy legislators. The 15 lawmakers announced the move in a news conference Wednesday, hours after the Hong Kong government said it was...

US Sanctions Hong Kong Leader

Carrie Lam said she'd 'laugh off' this very scenario

(Newser) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is facing US sanctions amid accusations that she's working with China to limit political freedoms. Lam is "directly responsible for implementing Beijing's policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes," the Treasury Department said in a Friday statement. It cited Lam'...

Hong Kong CEO Calls Off Elections for a Year

Carrie Lam cites coronavirus dangers, but pro-democracy activists say it's simply a power grab

(Newser) - Local council elections in Hong Kong last year saw a surge of pro-democracy winners, and opposition parties had hoped to claim a similar victory in this year's legislative elections set for Sept. 6. Those hopes will now have to wait: Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam announced at a Friday...

China Passes Riot-Inspiring Hong Kong Law

China OKs national security law to let authorities crack down on subversive, secessionist activity

(Newser) - China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing's boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and mainland China's authoritarian Communist Party system. Tam Yiu-Chung,...

Hong Kong's Leader Accuses US of 'Double Standard'

Carrie Lam says 'biased' America should look at how it's handling its own protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader has defended China's new national security law blocking secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference in the city while accusing the US of a double standard. "For some countries that have had a high-profile response and claimed they will take action, I can only describe...

Activist Banned From Running in Hong Kong Election

Carrie Lam rules out political solution to crisis

(Newser) - Hong Kong authorities disqualified high-profile pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from upcoming local council elections, in the latest sign of deepening division in the territory wracked by months of protests. A returning officer notified Wong that his nomination as a candidate in next month's elections was ruled invalid, according to...

Report: China Plans to Replace Hong Kong Leader

Bill that sparked protests officially withdrawn

(Newser) - After five months of protests in Hong Kong, sources say that China plans to replace embattled leader Carrie Lam—though since one of the protesters' key demands is the right to choose their own leader, the move is unlikely to bring an end to demonstrations. Sources tell the Financial Times...

Hong Kong Police Fire Blue Dye at Mosque

Carrie Lam visits Kowloon Mosque to apologize

(Newser) - Hong Kong officials apologized to Muslim leaders Monday after riot police sprayed a mosque and bystanders with a blue-dyed solution from a water cannon while trying to contain pro-democracy demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The city's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and its police chief visited the Kowloon...

China Makes Odd Move Against Hong Kong Protesters

Companies banned from exporting black clothes to HK

(Newser) - After months of protests by black-clad demonstrators demanding democracy in Hong Kong, China has come up with a new countermeasure—banning the export of black clothes from the mainland to the territory. The South China Morning Post reports that customs officials in mainland China have ordered courier firms not to...

House Passes Resolutions Supporting Hong Kong Protesters

HK leader's policy address was halted by shouts from pro-democracy lawmakers

(Newser) - Shouting furiously, pro-democracy lawmakers foiled an attempt by Hong Kong's leader to deliver her annual policy speech. In chaotic scenes in the Legislative Council, Chief Executive Carrie Lam walked out after lawmakers interrupted her the first time. After a delay of a few minutes, she then walked back in...

Lam: China's Military Could Intervene in Hong Kong

But 'Hong Kong should handle the problem on her own, leader says

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday that the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms that has rocked the city for months "becomes so bad" but reiterated the government still hopes to resolve the crisis itself. Lam said that asking for Chinese intervention...

Hong Kong Leader Invokes Emergency Law

Ban on masks at protests takes effect Saturday

(Newser) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam banned protesters from wearing masks Friday in a hardening of the government’s stance on the territory’s most disruptive crisis since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Lam announced the ban at an afternoon news conference where she decried a recent escalation of...

After Months of Unrest, a 'Dramatic U-Turn' in Hong Kong

Leader Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill that sparked violent protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdrew an extradition bill Wednesday as protesters have demanded, in what CNN notes was a "dramatic U-turn" for the chief executive. The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials has sparked massive protests that have rocked the...

In Leaked Audio, HK Leader Says She Would Quit If She Could

She apologizes for 'unforgivable havoc'

(Newser) - Many Hong Kongers would like Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down—and Carrie Lam is apparently among them. In leaked audio from a meeting with businesspeople last week, Lam says she has caused "unforgivable havoc" and she would step down—if it was an option. "If I...

Trump Links Hong Kong to China Deal

He suggests 'personal meeting' with Xi Jinping

(Newser) - President Trump says China wants to make a deal to save its economy from the effects of American tariffs—but he wants it to "work humanely with Hong Kong first." In a series of tweets , the president linked trade discussions to the political crisis in Hong Kong, where...

Cops Fire Tear Gas Inside Hong Kong Train Station

Officers disguised as protesters make mass arrests

(Newser) - Police fired tear gas Sunday inside a train station and in several other Hong Kong neighborhoods where protesters occupied roads in the tenth straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was deployed in the Sham Shui Po area, police...

China Issues Stern Warning on Hong Kong

'Those who play with fire will perish by it,' official says

(Newser) - Hong Kong is facing its "most severe situation" since its handover from British rule in 1997 following weeks of demonstrations and the central government is considering what measures to take next, the head of Beijing's Cabinet office responsible for the territory said Wednesday. Zhang Xiaoming was speaking to...

Dozens Arrested After Night of Violence in Hong Kong

Tear gas fired near China's liaison office

(Newser) - Police repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back protesters blocking Hong Kong streets with road signs and umbrellas Sunday in another night of pitched battles as protests for democracy in the Chinese territory escalate. It was the second night in a row that tear gas was used...

Men With Triad Links Held Over Hong Kong Attack

6 detained over vicious attack on protesters

(Newser) - Hong Kong police have detained six men, some with links to triads, following a violent attack on pro-democracy protesters at a subway station that saw dozens injured. Senior police official Chan Tin-chu said Monday the men, aged between 24 and 54, were held for "unlawful assembly" and are being...

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