China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police

Despite the violence, and the first interaction between Chinese troops stationed in the territory and the protesters, Lam said Hong Kong was equipped to handle the situation on its own, as it braced for more demonstrations through the week. "So I would appeal [to] all members of the public, whether your view is different from the government or not, I think, please let LegCo to go on normally", Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, the president of Hong Kong Legislative Council urged.

Mrs Lam said Beijing wanted Hong Kong to solve its own problems, but under its mini-Constitution, known as the Basic Law, Hong Kong could ask Beijing for help.

The design featured a red bauhinia, a flower that symbolizes Hong Kong and is on its flag, and a yellow umbrella, a nod to 2014 protests that some refer to as the umbrella revolution.

Hong Kong's High Court has rejected a second effort to invalidate the mask ban but agreed to hear later this month an application by 24 legislators against Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's use of the colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance to impose the ban without legislative approval.

Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating independence from China, and two other activists received the harshest sentences handed down to pro-democracy leaders since the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997. "If our police force - the pillar of social order and guarantor of citizens' safety - were to collapse under the battering of these odious attacks, Hong Kong would sink into irremediable chaos".

China's state broadcaster canceled broadcasts of National Basketball Association games after the general manager of one of its teams tweeted support for the protesters.

Hong Kong's unrest has started to affect global companies and sport, with luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co and USA sports brand Vans withdrawing an advertisement and shoe design seen as favouring protesters.

How many Chinese soldiers are stationed in Hong Kong? Luxury goods like watches and jewelry are typical purchases by mainland tourists, and also the value of these earnings shrunk by almost half.

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Mrs Lam said protests were severely damaging Hong Kong's economy, Reuters reported.

While Mr. Geng made no mention of Apple, he took the opportunity to describe the recent unrest in Hong Kong as "criminal" and claimed that "anyone with good conscience and a sense of justice should oppose such criminal activities instead of supporting or condoning them".

Speaking at a weekly news conference, Lam said tourist numbers had fallen sharply and the impact on the city's third quarter economic data of the protests, which have been going on for about four months, would "surely be very bad".

An 18-year-old protester, shot at close range by a riot officer on Tuesday, was charged with rioting and assaulting police.

"Wearing a mask is not a crime" has become a new battle cry as protesters have held daily rallies in the city centre and other districts since the ban was announced Friday. Both shooting victims also have been detained. They were released on bail and ordered to abide by a curfew and not leave Hong Kong, according to RTHK.

Police said on Tuesday 77 people had been arrested for violating the anti-mask law, including a 12-year-old.

-With assistance from Fion Li, Aaron Mc Nicholas, Tian Chen, Jinshan Hong and Stanley James.

  • Darren Santiago