Hong Kong's Lam dismisses leaked voice recording


Hong Kong's embattled leader insisted Tuesday she had no intention of stepping down after an audio recording emerged of her saying she wanted to quit over three months of unrest in the southern Chinese city.

"I come here just to tell others that even after summer holidays end we are not back to our normal life, we should continue to fight for Hong Kong", said one 19-year-old student who asked to be identified as just Chan.

Adding: 'It is my own feeling that (central people's government) has absolutely no plan to send in the PLA (People's Liberation Army)'.

The leader admitted that given a choice she would step down.

"I know it is not going to be an easy path, and that's why I have said that I have not given myself the choice to take an easier path and that is to leave".

China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, a high-level agency under China's cabinet, the State Council, did not respond to questions submitted by Reuters.

Beijing's current approach has been to express firm public support for the Hong Kong police and Lam, while warning the protesters their actions are "intolerable".

One can draw comparisons with Lam, who acts as Beijing's proxy in Hong Kong but whose family members hold British citizenship, who herself was a former British citizen, and who is periodically accused of not actually having given up her British citizenship.

In this sense, their self-interest diverges sharply from the regular, everyday people of Hong Kong or Taiwan. Authorities also targeted suspected protesters in metro stations, beating them with batons.

Comments on the Reuters story appeared to be censored on mainland Chinese social media, although state media covered Lam's Tuesday press conference.

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Thousands of Hong Kong secondary and university students marked their first day of school by launching class boycotts to pressure the government to accept the anti-extradition bill protesters' five demands.

Clashes between police and protesters have become increasingly violent, with demonstrators throwing gasoline bombs and rods at officers in protests last weekend.

Hong Kong' flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has warned staff they risk being sacked if they joined Monday's strike after the last walkout was supported by the airline's flight attendant union.

So the rule of law requires law enforcement, so we have to tackle this escalating violence by arresting those offenders and then put them through the justice system, whether it's prosecution by the Department of Justice in an impartial manner without any interference from myself or from the Central People's government, and then finally in the courts. "She's an irresponsible leader". Meanwhile, the largest commercial news websites in China published stories featuring the slogan "Heart to Heart, Loving Hong Kong" as the government attempts to minimize hostilities between the mainland and Hong Kong.

The MTR subway station in Tung Chung was closed and demonstrators smashed CCTV cameras and lamps with metal poles and dismantled station turnstiles.

Underneath the "One Country, Two Systems" coverage that governs the connection between Hong Kong and China, the chief govt place is appointed, not elected.

The protesters fear those freedoms are being slowly eroded by Beijing, a charge China vehemently denies, saying China is its business and no one else's.

An estimated 40,000 workers and their supporters took part in a rally at Tamar Park in Hong Kong yesterday during the first day of a two-day strike in support of the demands of the anti-government protest movement that began in June.

She also said the Chinese government believes that the Hong Kong government can overcome the conflict on its own, without any interference.