The reporter, Boaz So, a journalism student at Hong Kong Baptist University, was carrying the knife in his bag while covering pro-democracy demonstrations Sunday because he had been eating cake with classmates to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
A mixed crowd of hardcore protesters in black and wearing masks, along with families with children, spilled into the roads of the Causeway Bay shopping belt and marched for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the central business district.
The spark for the protests was planned legislation, now withdrawn, that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial, despite Hong Kong having its own much-respected independent judiciary.
The song was penned anonymously and has been adopted as the protesters' anthem. The lyrics reflect protesters' vow not to surrender despite a government concession to axe an extradition bill that sparked a summer of unrest.
Cathay, which is trying to complete a three-year financial turnaround plan, has become the biggest corporate casualty of the Hong Kong protests after China demanded it suspend staff involved in, or supporting, the demonstrations
The number of Chinese group tours to the city fell 90% compared to a year ago in the first ten days of September, according to data compiled by the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong. In the month of August, the decline was 63% compared to a year ago.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about the use of crowd control equipment against protesters, seeking to put pressure on Beijing after three months of street protests, including sometimes violent clashes between demonstrators and police.