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Hong Kong: Chief Executive Carrie Lam defends police handling of protests

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 13, 2019 at 08:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the actions of police during anti-government demonstrations at a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Lam warned that the city 'reached a dangerous situation'.

"The Chief Executive's responsibility is to ensure that Hong Kong remains a safe, orderly and law-abiding city. That is my utmost responsibility. Because without the rule of law, without law and order in Hong Kong, it is extremely difficult to ensure that seven million people in Hong Kong could continue to live in a peaceful manner. So that is my utmost responsibility," said Lam who was repeatedly interrupted by reporters after dodging their questions.

She condemned the demonstrations in Hong Kong International Airport which cancelled more than 300 flights on Tuesday after protesters brought to a standstill the day before.

The unrest has rocked Hong Kong in the past 10 weeks as demonstrations against an extradition bill amendment turned into mass protests calling for wider reforms.

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the actions of police during anti-government demonstrations at a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Lam warned that the city 'reached a dangerous situation'.

"The Chief Executive's responsibility is to ensure that Hong Kong remains a safe, orderly and law-abiding city. That is my utmost responsibility. Because without the rule of law, without law and order in Hong Kong, it is extremely difficult to ensure that seven million people in Hong Kong could continue to live in a peaceful manner. So that is my utmost responsibility," said Lam who was repeatedly interrupted by reporters after dodging their questions.

She condemned the demonstrations in Hong Kong International Airport which cancelled more than 300 flights on Tuesday after protesters brought to a standstill the day before.

The unrest has rocked Hong Kong in the past 10 weeks as demonstrations against an extradition bill amendment turned into mass protests calling for wider reforms.

W/S Chief Executive Carrie Lam walking to podium, Hong Kong

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "Police have had a very difficult time in the last two months to enforce a law and to ensure law and order in Hong Kong. As everyone will observe, they are under extremely difficult circumstances. So as I've just explained, police operations cannot be determined by someone like myself who is outside the police. Especially when policemen have to make on-the-spot judgement of what will be in the best interest and safety of people around during that particular situation. The police have their code of practice to follow. The police have very rigid and stringent guidelines in the use of appropriate force and that requires the lowest level of force in dealing with those situations. And I believe...

- Reporter interrupts: Mrs. Lam. What is your responsibility? You are talking about the responsibility of the police and the people of Hong Kong. What is your responsibility?

- Moderator: Sir, please do not interrupt CE's answer."

*NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "Now let me briefly give a very solemn and serious response to that question about the Chief Executive's responsibility. The Chief Executive's responsibility is to ensure that Hong Kong remains a safe, orderly and law-abiding city. That is my utmost responsibility. Because without the rule of law, without law and order in Hong Kong, it is extremely difficult to ensure that seven million people in Hong Kong could continue to live in a peaceful manner. So that is my utmost responsibility."

*NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive:

- Reporter: Evaded the question on numerous occasions..

- Lam: Number one, as we all have heard from the spokesman of the Hong Kong and Macao affairs office, the central government is still confident that I myself as the government of Hong Kong together with the police force that we are still capable of resolving this crisis.

- Reporter speaking over: Do you have the autonomy or not to withdraw the extradition bill? Could you answer that specific question?

...various demands that we have heard. We have considered all factors and came up with a response that we have rehearsed time and again over the last two months. Thank you very much.

- Reporter speaking over: Do you have the autonomy or not to withdraw the extradition bill?"

W/S Security barrier outside Hong Kong government headquarters

W/S Exterior of Hong Kong government headquarters

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