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The head of government warns that “Hong Kong self-government is not feasible”

September 26, 2019

MADRID, Sep. 26 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The head of the Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam, has tried this Thursday to calm down after weeks of protests in the former British colony in a meeting with citizens in which she has warned that some of the protesters' demands, such as self-government, they are not “feasible.”

Lam has acknowledged that the responsibility for resolving the crisis unleashed by a bill of extradition to mainland China already abandoned is his Government. “We have not heard enough,” he admitted, committing to address some of the complaints and demands made by those present at the event, which has been surrounded by strong security measures.

“I know well that citizens do not trust the Government very much and we hope to strengthen that trust,” Lam said, insisting that he must act in accordance with the “Rule of Law.” Regarding complaints about police action during the protests, some of which degenerated into disturbances, the head of government has referred the Independent Police Complaints Council.

“An investigative commission is one of the ways to find the truth,” he said, arguing that the police council should first be given “the opportunity to do their job.”

Lam has stressed that “Hong Kong's future is in the hands of young people but there is a cap.” “Self-government and autonomy for Hong Kong are not feasible,” he said, according to the newspaper 'South China Morning Post'.

“Some of the demands raised by the protesters, such as the release of those arrested during the protests, cannot be accommodated since they are not in line with the rule of law,” he warned, insisting that some of these demands “cannot accept completely. ”

On the other hand, he has trusted that “our young people can calm down, because escalating violence only harms both parties.” Lam has expressed his wish that this open debate with citizens can be repeated soon in other parts of the city. “No matter how difficult it is, my colleagues and I feel that the dialogue has to start,” he said.

“I hope that chaos and violence can end quickly,” said Lam, who has defended the actions of the Police in these weeks of protests. “It is an important pillar in the maintenance of Hong Kong's security and its hard work has made it one of the safest cities in the world,” he said.

Hong Kong has been the scene for 16 weeks of protests in favor of democracy that began as a rejection of an extradition bill that included sending to mainland China, which has already been completely abandoned by Lam. However, there have been demonstrations, although less massive.

The territory returned under Chinese sovereignty in 1997 thanks to an agreement with the United Kingdom whereby China pledged to maintain the regime of rights and freedoms enjoyed by the peninsula during colonial rule, which resulted in the beginning of “a country , two systems. ”