Hong Kong people protest outside Lam’s community meeting
Protesters gather outside Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's community meeting on Thursday, September 26 at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. They are calling out for “All 5 demands must be fulfilled.”
Lam faces a stream of criticism from citizens who blame her government for ignoring the summer long of protests calling for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
This is the first community dialogue Lam organizes, since the massive demonstrations started in June over the proposed controversial extradition bill the government has now promised to withdraw.
Lam meet with about 150 people, randomly selected from over 20,000 applicants. But only 30 are selected by ballot to speak for three minutes each.
Speaker after speaker denounce and blame her government triggering the on-going youth-led protests that show no signs of abating.
In her reply and speaking in Cantonese, Lam says, "We hope to walk with youngsters in Hong Kong, but if Hong Kong wants to maintain 'one country two systems', it's not autonomy, sorry.”
“Hong Kong autonomy is not 'one country, two systems,' says Lam, adding that some of the five demands are not “acceptable.”
Lam repeats her stance that violence must stop and rule of law be maintained. “If you break the law, you will need to bear the consequence,” says the Hong Kong leader.