The Chinese Communist Party's official mouthpiece People's Daily lashed out at Apple for its decision in an October 8 editorial, accusing the company for aiding the Hong Kong protesters, which state media as consistently portrayed as violent criminals backed by foreign nations fomenting the unrest.
"Let me make it clear again that Hong Kong will not implement foreign exchange controls".
Isaac Cheng, vice-chairperson of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party in Hong Kong, speaks to the members of the media after the arrest of the pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, in Hong Kong, China, August 30, 2019.
It also criticised Apple for allowing Glory to Hong Kong - an unofficial anthem frequently sung by protesters during the ongoing anti-government movement - to be available for download in the Apple music store.
Some students from La Salle College wear masks, which have been banned at protests under emergency powers, as they walk to school in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
The unrest had pummelled tourism and hurt businesses in the global financial hub, further bruising the city's economy as it grapples with effects of the US-China trade war.
A group of people wearing helmets, masks and goggles can be seen on the side of the sneaker design.
Lam also told reporters it would take some time for a new ban on face coverings at public gatherings to have an effect and there is now no plan to legislate more laws under emergency powers.
"Rioters' level of violence has been escalating, without showing any sign of abating from week to week, and has reached a very critical level", said Kwok Yam-yung, a regional police commander. Kumas was referring to the framework under which the Chinese regime promised to retain Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms post-handover. Luxury goods such as jewelry and watches are common purchases by mainland tourists, and the value of those sales slid by nearly half.
When asked what Western media hasn't shown, the young medic said that protests aren't actually as widespread as people outside of Hong Kong seem to think.
A man tests his smartphone inside an Apple store in Hong Kong. But empty streets and tourist attractions are evidence of the fallout from the protests that began in June over a now-shelved extradition bill that would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. The protests have become nearly daily events with regular violent clashes between activists and police. One week ago, an officer shot and seriously wounded a protester.
Rejecting foreign politicians' irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong, Lam urged them to stop maliciously criticizing Hong Kong's efforts to curb violence and glamorizing those who are committing violence as "peaceful demonstrators for freedom of expression". The court adjourned a hearing on their application for a judicial review of the government measure to later this month, it said. Both were released on bail.
Lam noted that a Chinese military intervention is in accordance to Hong Kong's constitution, known as the Basic Law, but said she "cannot reveal" the circumstances of when she would enforce such an intervention.
-With assistance from Fion Li, Aaron Mc Nicholas, Tian Chen, Jinshan Hong and Stanley James.