What the Hong Kong CEO said after the humiliating election

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Carrie Lam promises to ‘listen humbly’ to voters after the pro-democracy camp’s victory revealed the protesters’ broad support

Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam speaks to the media after casting her vote during the district council elections in Hong Kong on November 24 2019. Picture: AFP/YE AUNG THUHong Kong’s deeply unpopular leader vowed Monday to “listen humbly” to voters after the pro-democracy camp scored a crushing victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months of violence.

“The government will certainly listen humbly to citizens’ opinions and reflect on them seriously,” Lam said in a statement issued by the government.China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Beijing “resolutely supports” the leader and backs the police and judiciary in Hong Kong in “punishing relevant violent and illegal behaviours”.

There has been no teargas fired in Hong Kong for a week, rare respite for a city upturned by months of chaos and violence. It was eventually withdrawn, but the resulting public anger unleashed broader demands and led to violent clashes between police and protesters. “When people live under so heavy shadow of the rioters’ terror that they dare not speak out against them.”

 

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