Hong Kong's Carrie Lam refuses to rule out asking China for help to quell protests

Leader feels city authorities can handle situation but says no option can be ruled out

Hong Kong’s leader has said she would not rule out asking for Chinese government help in putting down the long-running protests “if the situation becomes so bad”, but at present she thought city authorities could handle the situation.

Carrie Lam said she had no plans at the moment to use sweeping emergency powers to bring in further laws, after a controversial anti-mask ban inflamed tensions across the city and spurred four days of street protests.

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