(Aug 5): Hong Kong protesters looked to shut down the city with a general strike on Monday after a ninth straight weekend of unrest triggered by Beijing’s tightening grip over the financial hub.

Demonstrators plan to take leave or call in sick from work and disrupt the morning commute, moves that could snarl traffic and disrupt airport operations. Cathay Pacific Airways said it canceled more than 140 flights coming to and from the city, while Hong Kong Airlines scrapped 30 flights.

The protests began in June against a proposed bill allowing extraditions to mainland China, but have since morphed into a broader challenge to China. Authorities in Beijing have continued to back Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has resisted demands to withdraw the bill completely, investigate police violence, allow more democracy and step down from her position.

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