- Embattled pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has maintained a low profile as two months of unprecedented protests have raged.
- Protesters say they have been forced to adopt more violent tactics after years of huge rallies have failed to halt sliding freedoms in the city under Beijing's rule.
- Widespread disruptions and violence, Lam said, were putting Hong Kongers "in a state of great anxiety" and she vowed to continue cracking down.
Hong Kong's embattled pro-Beijing leader on Monday accused pro-democracy protesters of trying to "destroy" the city in a dramatic escalation of rhetoric as the financial hub is rocked by two months of rallies and clashes.
Two months of protests and clashes with police have pushed the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city to a "very dangerous situation", chief executive Carrie Lam said, as she struck a defiant tone as strikes and travel chaos hit the city.
Lam has maintained a low profile as two months of unprecedented protests have raged.
But on Monday she held a press conference -- her first in more than two weeks -- as activists launched a civil disobedience campaign against the city's transport network, part of an attempted city-wide strike.
Lam, who was chosen by a Beijing loyalist committee, showed no sign of backing down or ceding to protester demands for greater democratic freedoms and an independent inquiry into police violence.