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Crisis in Hong Kong: Carrie Lam calls demonstrators to dialogue

2019-08-20T07:29:31.770Z

Two days after Sunday's human tide in Hong Kong, and after 11 weeks of mobilization marked by clashes, Carrie Lam held a press conference. The head of the Hong Kong executive calls for dialogue.


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The head of the Hong Kong executive, Carrie Lam, at her press conference on August 20, 2019. REUTERS / Ann Wang

Two days after Sunday's human tide in Hong Kong, and after 11 weeks of mobilization marked by clashes, Carrie Lam held a press conference. The head of the Hong Kong executive calls for dialogue.

With our special correspondent in Hong Kong, Aabla Jounaïdi

The one by whom the anger of the street came, with her bill providing for the extradition of Hong Kong to mainland China, finally came after several days of silence.

No shattering statement on the bill. She refused to commit to withdrawing it. On the other hand, she said that her administration was working on setting up a dialogue platform to put an end to the dispute.

" With my team, we are committed to listening to what people have to say to us, " she said, noting that she would rely on groups open to dialogue, without going into details.

Speaking of Sunday's massive protest , she hoped it meant the return of peace, after weeks of unrest and violence between police and protesters.

No independent investigation into police violence

On the other hand, the head of the executive swept away the idea of ​​an independent investigation into police violence. It was one of the main demands of the protesters.

For Carrie Lam, the internal police oversight body will do the job of investigation very well. Not enough to reassure the demonstrators, who denounce every day the violence that has seized Hong Kong.

That same night, a man attacked three young people with a knife and wounded one of them, on one of the emblematic places of protest, the Lennon Wall, before fleeing.

Hong Kong Internet users see the hand of the pro-Beijing camp, while the Chinese central government was pinned for the first time by Twitter and Facebook for using its network for propaganda purposes in Hong Kong.

► See also: The portrait of Mike, a young anti-Beijing activist from Hong Kong

Source: rfi

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