By Monday evening, Beijing’s levels of PM2.5 had reached nearly 200 — or about eight times the level considered safe by the WHO.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said also there’s no room for further dialogue with the student-led protesters.
He says the U.S. won’t stop speaking out about the things it cares about.
The students passionately explained why they had taken to the streets for more than three weeks to fight for greater democracy.
Beijing is likely to restore order in the short term. But does it have a long-term solution to the crisis of governability?
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s statement was the first time he has alleged foreign involvement in the unrest.
China’s pollution is notorious following years of rapid economic development.
Public anger simmered over video showing police kicking a handcuffed protester on Wednesday night.
Officers wielding pepper spray tore down barricades protesters used as road blocks around the underpass.
Dozens of police used electric saws and bolt cutters to dismantle the bamboo barriers that pro-democracy protesters had erected overnight.
Several hundred people gathered in front of barricades on a main road Monday, chanting, “Open the road!”
The student-led protests have calmed since clashes with police more than a week ago.
The standoff is the biggest challenge to Beijing’s authority since it took over the former British colony in 1997.
Leung urged demonstrators to show consideration toward other residents and stop the unprecedented show of civil disobedience.
Protests on the island are not just about the next election, but about democracy.