Hundreds of Hong Kong disrupted amid strikes and growing unrest
Political crisis in Hong Kong becoming very dangerous
On Monday, Hong Kong was pushed closer into political crises, with a substantial city-wide strike, more protests and demonstrators disrupting the evening rush-hour rail facilities.
According to the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the pro-democratic group behind the strike, approximately 300,000 employees, around eight half of the full labour force in the city, came on strike on Monday. It projected that some 200,000 persons signed up subsequent in the evening to the seven meetings.
Large-scale unions ripped across sectors, with thousands of employees participating in the aerospace industry alone. As hundreds of airlines were cancelled or postponed, international travellers were taken off guard.
On Monday and Tuesday, Hong Kong’s dominant airline said, Cathay Pacific Airways suspended about 150 aircraft. Approximately 1,500 airline flight attendants entered the strike, based on an assessment from an individual acquainted with the issue. The airline works on a standard day with between 5,000 and 6,000 flight attendants.
An officer with the Civil Aviation Department said the amount of its staff was significantly higher than usual, including air traffic controllers, who on Monday called for sick leave.
Meanwhile, most of the 11 railway routes in the city, including the connection to the airport, were partially suspended as some hard-core demonstrators finished opening railway gates. MTR services, the train carrier of the city, had mainly transferred to standard by mid-afternoon after having many of the city’s commuters stuck, averaging nearly 5 million every week.
Protesters subsequently collected across Hong Kong in seven constituencies. At several places, the protests transformed vicious, with police shooting spray gas to suppress the masses.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, talking at an evening news conference, advised that the brutal deeds of a larger amount of militants had undermined law and order of the city and pushed it into a “very hazardous position.” Lam, who at one stage became angry, said the latest protests had considerably escalated and went beyond the initial purpose of demonstrators shouting de
But she did not respond to any of the protesters ‘ five key demands, including complete withdrawal of the now-suspended bill and an independent investigation into excessive police force allegations.
On Monday, Hong Kong’s financial advisor, Paul Chan, advised of a probable economic crisis amid the U.S.-China trade war-related political disturbances and uncertainties.
“Demonstrations have already had an effect on the economy over the previous two months,” Chan said, quoting shop closures during protests. He said the political unrest from a volatile internal setting added to the issues the town faces.
“Our country has already wasted its impetus in development,” Chan said. The industry declined from the prior half by 0.3 per cent in the second semester. “In the following half, if the adverse development remains, we’re going to enter a recession technically,” he said.
On Monday, Hong Kong saw additional proof of stronger economic growth.
The July Index study of IHS Markit Hong Kong Purchasing Managers dropped to its smallest stage in a century. The cpi fell to 43.8 last month, down from 47.9 in June, indicating “the most severe decline in private sector safety since March 2009,” it said. A reading below 50 is a shrinkage.
Last week, the govt recorded a 6.7 fold decline in retail sales from a year ago in June, as massive street protests counted on consumption against the extradition proposal.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index benchmark fell 2.9 points on Monday, driven down by the escalating trade war’s political events and issues.
Lam said the scope of the talks had altered at the news conference, and she rejected calls for her dismissal.
“It’s the moment for me to keep leading my squad in addressing those issues and trying to get Hong Kong out of the present challenging scenario,” she said. “I don’t believe the dismissal of myself and some of my peers will provide a stronger alternative at this stage in the moment.” Her remarks fell after another weekend of tense standoffs between police and demonstrators in several districts across the town, with tear gas shot and primary streets, including the highly frequented Cross Harbor Tunnel, being closed momentarily.
The police department of the city said on Monday that since large-scale demonstrations started in late June, 420 individuals were detained, over 1,000 tear gas boxes were shot, 160 rubber bullets were used, and 139 police policemen were wounded.
Meanwhile, according to a Hong Kong Hospital Authority spokesperson, 461 individuals have been sent to the hospital for an accident and emergency treatment during the conflicts between police and demonstrators since June 9.
Monday’s escalating protests also led Beijing to bring additional intervention to Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Beijing’s highest authority under the State Council to oversee the city’s affairs, will conduct another press conference on Tuesday, a week after it expressed assistance for the Hong Kong government and police.
Meanwhile, two officials from Hong Kong at China’s highest political consultative panel, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, revealed to Nikkei that they had obtained a note of request to join a meeting in Shenzhen on Wednesday co-hosted by Hong Kong’s Macao Affairs Office and Hong Kong’s Central Government Liaison Office.
Many commuters voiced exasperation at the interrupted facilities on Monday.
“I don’t feel great about[the hit],” informed the Nikkei Asian Review, a local property advisor who only showed Roy his English title. He said it lasted him three and a quarter hours to move from his house in Ma On Shan in the neighbouring New Territories to his workplace in East Tsim Sha Tsui, a busy Kowloon business district, a trip that usually requires about 50 minutes. “The environment[ should] be the biggest problem at the time in Hong Kong, rather than liberty,” he said.
Chan Wai-yin, an employee in the painting sector, informed Nikkei that two-thirds of her company’s staff were on strike using their annual leave. “I am very disappointed that the people’s requests started to be ignored by the govt and Carrie Lam. I want to strike to convey further my discontent,” she said.
Chan said she was further angry with Lam’s comments at the news conference. “She was just repetition without putting any intervention what she said before.”