Hong Kong set to record first budget deficit in 15 years

A rally for students and elderly pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong on Nov 30 2019

A rally for students and elderly pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong on Nov 30 2019

People with children and a baby participating in a march stand in a group as they are blocked between riot police and pro-democracy protesters after tear gas was sacked by police on Salisbury Road, during a march in the Tsim Sha Tsui district to Hung Hom, in Hong Kong. "But this is a Hong Kong problem that affects all of us", said Lily Chau, 30, as she pushed her toddler in a stroller at the march in Kowloon.

Some held banners reading "Let's make Hong Kong great again" - a riff on Trump's 2016 campaign pledge to make the U.S. great again.

Lam has said she'll accelerate dialogue but has refused to offer any new concessions since the elections.

An officer sprayed pepper spray towards the protesters who held out umbrellas to protect themselves and hurled abuse at the police.

Police have fired about 10,000 rounds of tear gas since June, the city's Secretary for Security John Lee said last week.

A group dressed in black and wearing masks carried American flags as it headed to the U.S. Consulate to express gratitude for legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong that Trump signed into law last week.

A woman holding a baby shouts at police during the anti-government rally "Lest We Forget" in Kowloon in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2019.

They chanted "five demands, not one less" and "disband the police force" as they marched, in reference to the protest movement's five formal demands of the Government.

Hong Kong has seen nearly nonstop protests for six months demanding democratic elections and an investigation into police use of force at the demonstrations. "I want the government to know that we are not happy with what they have done to our generation".

Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved American flags, with some donning Donald Trump logo hats and t-shirts, as they unfurled a banner depicting the USA president standing astride a tank with a US flag behind him.

The two earlier marches Sunday appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for help and demanded that police stop using tear gas.

That followed a period of relative calm after Nov.24 district elections delivered an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates.

Elsewhere, a 13-year-old girl, who gave only her family name, Leung, joined the protest surrounded by people waving USA flags and singing the American national anthem.

FILE - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 9, 2019.

Sunday's marches came as a top Hong Kong official said the government was looking into setting up an independent committee to review the handling of the crisis, in which demonstrations have become increasingly violent.

"We are really grateful about that and we really appreciate the effort made by Americans who support Hong Kong, who stand with Hong Kong, who do not choose to side with Beijing".

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