HONG KONG, Aug 27 (Reuters / EP) –
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the increase in violence in anti-government protests that have shaken the Asian financial center for three months is becoming more serious.
Lam has made the statements for the first time since anti-government protests increased last Sunday, when police threw tear gas in clashes with protesters who threw bricks.
The city ruled by China is going through its biggest political crisis since it ceased to be a British colony in 1997 and the Communist Party authorities have sent a letter warning that a blunt intervention is possible to calm the violence.
Lam has indicated that he is confident that the city government can handle the riots by itself and that he would not give up creating a platform for dialogue.
However, the leader of Hong Kong has stressed that it is not the right time to start an independent investigation into the crisis, one of the fundamental demands of the protesters.
The protests intensified in mid-June over a now suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people from Hong Kong to be sent to China to be tried in courts controlled by the Communist Party.