Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers her policy address by video after pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted her attempt to speak in the legislature. When she finally spoke, she addressed the unrest early on, saying independence advocates wouldn’t be tolerated.
Carrie Lam attempted to deliver her annual policy address today in the Legislative Council, the first time the governing body had met since June, when protested surrounded the Legco building, preventing lawmakers from entering to debate the controversial extradition bill that sparked the protests that have gripped Hong Kong for months.
The Hong Kong leader’s speech was interrupted by pro-democracy lawmakers shouting slogans, including “Five demands, not one less”, which refers to their demands for an independent inquiry into police behaviour, amnesty for those arrested, democratic reforms to give Hong Kong residents universal suffrage, the withdrawal of the emergency law which allows for a ban of face masks during protests, a halt to categorising the protests as riots.
Lawmakers shouted in protest, held up signs showing Lam with blood on her hands and projected writing saying “Five demands, not one less” onto the wall behind where Lam was speaking.
Lam had to stop her speech twice due to the shouting of lawmakers, with the chair of Legco evicting six pro-democracy lawmakers before suspending the session entirely.
Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan urged Carrie Lam to step down, saying:
“ really urge her, if she cannot govern Hong Kong, if she has no determination to govern Hong Kong and she has no ability and isn’t capable in administrating Hong Kong, please step down. This is the only way that we can have a good future and this is only way Hong Kong can move forward.”
Carrie Lam eventually delivered her speech via a televised address during which she said Hong Kong would “not tolerate” the advocacy of Hong Kong independence and challenges to national sovereignty. She added that the protests have “seriously damaged Hong Kong’s image” and the government would intensify promotion efforts to restore the faith of the outside world, but that by relying on its core values of the rule of law, respect of human rights, efficient bureaucracy, and One Country Two Systems, “the rainbow will emerge after the storm”.