Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Carrie Lam says she would quit if she could in leaked audio

Carrie Lam says she would quit if she could in leaked audio

Hong Kong's protesters now want the complete withdrawal of the extradition proposal, which Lam has resolutely refused given China's similar stand. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered no concessions to the demonstrators and insisted that police were facing "extremely hard circumstances" Photo: AFPTV / STR In the audio, Lam said she believes Beijing hasn't reached a turning point where it believes military force is the only option left to quell the protests. When asked if Beijing was stopping her from resigning, Lam said she has "never tendered a resignation to the central people's government".

The protests were sparked by changes to a law that would allow extradition to mainland China, but have since widened to include calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality and greater democracy.

China softened its tone toward Hong Kong's protesters, saying peaceful demonstrations were allowed under the law, even as it ruled out a fundamental demand for direct democracy that has fueled the unrest.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday the protests had "gone beyond the scope of freedom of assembly and demonstration".

"We have reason to believe that this white terror has spread all over Hong Kong", he said.

Protests created to block access to Hong Kong's worldwide airport caused trouble for travellers and led to one transit station being thoroughly trashed by masked youths with spray paint and steel rods.

This is not something instructed, coerced by the central government.

Xu Luying, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Workplace, additionally raised the opportunity of introducing patriotic schooling in Hong Kong faculties.

She said Beijing hasn't imposed any deadline for ending the crisis ahead of National Day celebrations on Oct, 1 marking the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China. They also strongly backed Chief Executive Carrie Lam, saying an emergency law could be implemented if necessary and pledging support for the economy.

She said it was "totally unacceptable" that her remarks made in private had been recorded and passed to the media.

The new round of protest actions on Monday came after yet another weekend of violence on the streets as well as efforts by protesters to disrupt Hong Kong's airport, one of the busiest in the world.

Ms Lam insists she remains strong in leading Hong Kong while reports suggest she has become a puppet of the Communist party in the heat of the crisis.

Widely seen as a spillover from the Cultural Revolution in mainland China, demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong to oppose British colonial rule.

The 62-year-old's feedback in personal seem considerably softer than what she has stated in public in regards to the protests.

Thousands of secondary school and university students are expected to boycott classes for a second day.

But Lam said on Tuesday that her government had the confidence of Beijing and could bring an end to unrest itself.

HKMAO spokesman Yang Guang said radical protesters had made clear their objective to "make Hong Kong chaotic, paralyse its government, take over the jurisdiction of the Special Administration Region and turn Hong Kong into an independent or semi-independent political entity".

As protests drag on, Lam - a career bureaucrat appointed by Beijing to lead the city two years ago - has found herself under increasingly intense pressure.

But by late afternoon, things had turned violent because some of the more hardcore protesters started throwing gas bombs at government headquarters, and then riot police began tear-gassing and blasting water cannons at people.

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