Hong Kong soccer fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem



"We have to be careful: We don't want to say we're going to land the 82nd Airborne Division in Hong Kong to do this", Mattis explained.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has urged the U.S. government to offer more support to anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, arguing that the ongoing unrest in the territory is an worldwide, rather than an internal, issue.

China had passed a law in September of 2017 which had made it an offence to disrespect the country's national anthem but it can not be implemented in Hong Kong until passed by the legislation in the city, according to South China Morning Post. We hope Hong Kong people will be able to ride out the storm.

"The school-based human chain is the strongest showcase of how this protest is deep-rooted in society, so deep-rooted that it enters through the school students", said Mr Alan Leong, an alumnus of Wah Yan College in the Kowloon district.

The protests present no indicators of abating, and Ms Lam has struck an uncompromising tone for a lot of the final three months.

Lam was speaking after another weekend of sometimes violent clashes in the former British colony, with police firing tear gas to disperse protesters in cat-and-mouse skirmishes, at times smashing windows and starting street fires.

An escalation of violence can not solve social issues in Hong Kong, the leader of the Chinese-ruled city, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday, adding that she deeply regretted interference by foreign parliaments in the Asian financial hub's matters.

The activist's visit came on the heels of Merkel's trip to China, where she stressed Friday that the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong "must be guaranteed", after meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. The protests were originally triggered by a draft law that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China.


The bill would punish officials who suppress basic freedoms in Hong Kong with measures such as freezing their US -based assets and denying them entry to the country. They have also warned outsiders to keep out of what they call an internal affair. Hong Kong visitor arrivals plunged almost 40 per cent in August from a year earlier. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent US lawmakers, calls for annual assessments on whether the former British colony is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to continue its special trading status.

Stephen Schwarz, head of sovereign ratings for the Asia-Pacific region at Fitch Ratings, said the agency's downgrade of Hong Kong last week reflected damage to the city's reputation as a place to do business.

He launched his career as an activist at just 12 years old and became the poster child of the huge pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" protests of 2014 that failed to win any concessions from Beijing.

Mrs Lam called for dialogue on Tuesday.

Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, responded to those calls at a news conference on Tuesday. "It will only deepen the conflict, contradiction, splits, and even hatred in society".

Three months of protests over a now-withdrawn extradition Bill have evolved into a broader backlash against the government and greater calls for democracy.

She added, "It is really to express my sincerity to start a dialogue with the people".