What Happened: A citywide strike in Hong Kong has paralyzed the city's transportation system and resulted in more than 100 canceled flights, the South China Morning Post reported Aug. 5. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemned the strike in a press conference, declaring that she would not resign amid growing pressure from protesters.
Why It Matters: Protests in Hong Kong have already resulted in significant transportation disruptions in recent weeks, and Lam's comments indicate that a solution to quell the protests remains distant.
Background: The demonstrations originated as a movement opposing a bill that would have permitted the extradition of Hong Kongers to mainland China, but the rallies have gradually escalated over the past weeks. Although the city government halted the bill, it has refused to further bend to the protesters' demands.
- Why the Fate of Hong Kong's Protests Will Come Down to Beijing (July 30, 2019)
- In Hong Kong, Demonstrators and Officials Are on a Collision Course (July 22, 2019)
- What to Watch for as the Hong Kong Protests Unfold (June 12, 2019)