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The leader of Hong Kong does not rule out a Chinese intervention if the riots “get worse”

October 8, 2019

HONG KONG, Oct. 8 (DPA / EP) –

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned on Tuesday that a possible intervention by China's security forces in the special administrative region cannot be ruled out if anti-government protests “get worse” and Beijing needs to be asked for help.

During her weekly press conference, Lam said that although she and the Chinese government “strongly feel” that Hong Kong must independently cope with the wave of violence recorded in recent months, Beijing's involvement would be permissible given the Constitution of the region.

Last week, Lam invoked an emergency law that has not been applied in more than 50 years in the former British colony to ban the use of masks by protesters who have been protesting against Chinese rule for more than three months and in favor of democracy.

Throughout the weekend, such a ban was ignored both by protesters in the territory. Regarding the criticism received by the last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, who returned the city to the Chinese government in 1997, Lam has asked foreign governments to wonder what they would do in similar circumstances.