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Hong Kong chief says protests hurt economy more than financial crisis

Carrie Lam promises to roll out economic measures to ease pain for business

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in the city on Friday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Friday played up the economic damage stemming from months of protests in the territory, and pledged "aggressive" steps to help struggling businesses.

Speaking at a news conference after meeting more than 30 business representatives, the embattled leader said the protests are hurting the economy more than the 2007-2008 global financial crisis and the devastating SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic of 2003.

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