HONG KONG, Aug. 9 -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam on Friday said the recent string of violent protests in Hong Kong will lead to long-term economic problems and called on the protesters to stop large-scale obstructions.
"Hong Kong cannot be continuously in chaos. We call on protesters to stop these large-scale obstructions in Hong Kong and we would like to hear opinions from all sectors of society in a humble manner," Lam said at a press conference.
The Hong Kong government will offer more help to local SMEs, which have been deeply affected by violent protests, Lam said.
Hong Kong's Executive Council will cut short its summer break and reconvene next Tuesday, Lam told reporters.