Hong Kong Protest Live Updates: Demonstrators Break Glass Doors in Attempt to Storm Legislature – The New York Times
The city’s embattled leader promised to be “more open and accommodating.”
Mrs. Lam, the city’s chief executive, sought to strike a conciliatory note on Monday morning, pledging that she and her government would be more responsive to public sentiment. She was earlier criticized for insisting on pushing the unpopular legislation through despite an intense public outcry.
“I will learn the lesson and ensure that the government’s future work will be closer and more responsive to the aspirations, sentiments and opinions of the community,” Mrs. Lam said at the official ceremony commemorating the handover anniversary. “The first and most basic step to take is to change the government’s style of governance to make it more open and accommodating.”
Mrs. Lam said she would make more time to meet with people from different political backgrounds and reach out to the city’s youth. She said that Hong Kong’s economy could feel the repercussions of a protracted trade war between the United States and China and urged Hong Kong residents to work with the government on managing the impact of the trade dispute and addressing the housing shortage and other issues.
She and other officials, who arrived at the ceremony site by ferry to avoid roads blocked by protesters, watched a flag-raising on a closed-circuit video from inside a convention center where the event had been moved, the government said, to avoid rain. Helicopters flying the flags of Hong Kong and China flew around the island.
During Mrs. Lam’s speech, Helena Wong, an opposition lawmaker who attended the ceremony, shouted calls for the chief executive to resign and for the extradition bill to be withdrawn. Security guards quickly removed her from the room.
The broad public anger has already forced Mrs. Lam to suspend the proposed legislation, but demonstrators want it to be fully withdrawn and have also turned their scrutiny on the police, whom they say acted with excessive force in dispersing a June 12 protest. A march was planned for later in the day that pro-democracy organizers said was expected to draw a large turnout.