Police have repeatedly clashed with protesters during months of anti-government unrest. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam leaves door open on invoking sweeping emergency powers to deal with violent anti-government protests

  • City chief does not dismiss speculation that Emergency Regulations Ordinance could be invoked for first time in a half-century
  • But members of her cabinet warn against such a move, and opposition figures say it risks trashing the rule of law
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Police have repeatedly clashed with protesters during months of anti-government unrest. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Lawmaker Felix Chung has warned Chief Executive Carrie Lam about invoking emergency powers. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong could lose foreign investment if city’s leader gives herself emergency powers to battle protesters, pro-business lawmaker warns

  • Liberal Party leader Felix Chung suggests invoking law not used since 1967 could see expats and their money leave city
  • Under sweeping powers Chief Executive Carrie Lam could censor the media and decided how long someone is sent to jail for
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Lawmaker Felix Chung has warned Chief Executive Carrie Lam about invoking emergency powers. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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