HONG KONG PROTESTS:
The Hong Kong Government has confounded observers with its response to escalating violence in the Chinese territory.
Violence in the streets continued at the weekend with a Hong Kong police officer hit in the leg with an arrow during a confrontation with pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
But Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the head of the Hong Kong Government, said her government would not be escalating the level of violence in response.
“We will not be responding in kind,” Ms Lam said. “In fact we will be reacting in an entirely different way that may surprise Hong Kong residents, the protesters themselves, and outside observers.
“Our plan is to help ease tensions by posting buskers at key points around the territory, with the first group already entertaining crowds at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (main picture).
“These special troops….. I mean, troupes … of buskers will soon be seen on almost every street in Hong Kong.
“This plan may seem counter-intuitive but I am sure it will work to help bring an end to street protests and violence that has gone on for far too long.
“I am grateful to the President of China, Xi Jinping, who personally suggested this idea to me and I am happy to put his plan in place.
“He in turn said he wanted to send his tanks…. I mean, thanks….to Hong Kong so that residents know he is thinking of them in these challenging times,” Ms Lam said.