Hong Kong leader says new US law, violence will harm economy

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that clashes between protesters and police last weekend have dampened her hopes that a recent lull in violence would allow the territory’s economy to recover.

The government will soon launch a fourth round of measures to support business, protect jobs and offer economic relief, she told reporters after a weekly meeting with advisers.

Six months of unrest have tipped Hong Kong’s already weak economy into recession. The pro-democracy protests have become more violent over time as the government has refused to give ground on most of the movement’s demands.