Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday the business community was very worried about the long-term consequences of protests in the Asian financial hub.
Lam was flanked by business leaders as she told the media that downward economic pressure had hit like a “tsunami”.
The city has been embroiled in a political crisis throughout the summer, with anti-government street protests turning increasingly violent.
Retail sales and tourism numbers took a knock in June.
Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Clarence Fernandez