Banks condemn HK violence as jewelers seek to put off big trade fair

Banks condemn HK violence as jewelers seek to put off big trade fair

23.8.2019

Banks condemn HK violence as jewelers seek to put off big trade fair

HONG KONG - Hong Kong banks published full-page newspaper ads calling for law and order in the Chinese-ruled city and international jewelers sought the rescheduling of a huge trade fair as weeks of pro-democracy protests showed no sign of let-up on Thursday.

– Hong Kong banks published full-page newspaper ads calling for law and order in the Chinese-ruled city and international jewelers sought the rescheduling of a huge trade fair as weeks of pro-democracy protests showed no sign of let-up on Thursday.

Police said they charged two men with rioting on Thursday in connection with the attack. They will appear in court on Friday.

“Oppose violence, restore social order, safeguard Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center,” Standard Chartered wrote.

In a letter to organizer Informa Markets, the representatives said between 30% and 40% of exhibitors were demanding to pull out.

Several anti-government demonstrations are planned in coming days and weeks, including a rally by high school students on Thursday and a “stress test” of the airport at the weekend.

Standard Chartered said in Thursday’s newspaper notices the bank supported the government in upholding social order and guarding “the status of Hong Kong as an international financial center”.

Demonstrators are also calling for an independent inquiry into the protests and perceived police brutality, a halt to descriptions of the protests as “rioting”, a waiver of charges against those arrested, and resumption of political reform.

US President Donald Trump over the weekend warned against a crackdown in Hong Kong like Beijing’s suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, which would make reaching a deal he has been seeking to end a trade war with China “very hard”.

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