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Hong Kong govt unlikely to take more drastic action, say analysts

Even with eight weeks to go before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, some political watchers believe the government will not employ more drastic measures to quell the unrest that has plagued Hong Kong for nine consecutive weekends.

Pressure has increased on embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to ease the biggest political crisis the city has seen since it was handed back to China by the British in 1997.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2019, with the headline 'HK govt unlikely to take more drastic action, say analysts'. Subscribe