In this image made from video, pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, who tried to stop Hong Kong protesters from breaking into the legislature, speaks outside the building Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Hong Kong. Lam says China will likely use the vandalizing of the building as a reason to step up pressure on the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Hong Kong lawmaker: Gov't may ramp pressure after violence

July 03, 2019 - 4:49 am

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy lawmaker who tried to stop Hong Kong protesters from breaking into the legislature says China will likely use the vandalizing of the building as a reason to step up pressure on the Chinese territory.

Democratic Party member Lam Cheuk-ting was one of at least three lawmakers — all sympathetic to the protesters — who stepped in front of them Monday as they repeatedly drove a metal cart and thrust poles into a window until it shattered and collapsed. Hours later, protesters swarmed into the legislature, leaving a trail of destruction before police ordered them out three hours later.

Lam said Wednesday he has "strong reason to believe" the central government and Hong Kong's government "will try their very best to tighten their control" in Hong Kong.

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