HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Kari Lam said on Tuesday that there were no plans in her administration to use emergency powers after violent protests over the weekend that challenged local government decisions.
Lam said at a weekly news conference that tourist numbers had fallen sharply as a result of the protests, which began about four months ago, and that their impact on economic data for the third quarter of the year "is certainly very bad."
She appealed to real estate developers, landlords and land owners to provide assistance to small dealers whose businesses have been affected.
"In the first six days of October, during the so-called Golden Week holiday, the number of tourists coming to Hong Kong fell by 50 percent," she said. It said retailers, restaurants, tourism and hotels were badly hit, and about 600,000 people were affected.
Hong Kong's remarks came as the Asian financial center returned to work after the weekend, metro services were partially resumed, and authorities warned residents of possible access obstacles due to widespread sabotage of infrastructure.
The protests led to Hong Kong's worst political crisis in decades, and is the biggest public challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took office in 2012.