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Hong Kong’s Lam told: ‘You are the laughing stock of the world’

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Hong Kong's Lam told: 'You are the laughing stock of the world'

Lam (centre) leaves the Hong Kong legislature after her question-and-answer session for 2020 [Isaac Lawrence/AFP] Hong Kong ‘s leader faced off with a hostile Legislative Council on Thursday, fending off sharp criticism from pro-democracy and pro-Beijing members, while defending police from allegations of brutality against protesters.

In her first question-and-answer session of 2020, Chief Executive Carrie Lam also said Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” could continue beyond the 2047 deadline as long as the city’s “loyalty” to Beijing was upheld.

“Only if we insist implementing ‘one country, two systems’ principle and practice it continuously and fully … then I think there will be enough grounds for ‘one country, two systems’ to move ahead smoothly and there would be no change after 2047,” Lam said in her remarks.

“We have to uphold the principle of ‘One Country,’ only by doing this, can ‘one country, two systems’ be moving forward smoothly.”

She repeatedly defended the police response to the seven-month long protest in the city, saying there was no such thing as “police brutality”, and that protesters were “smearing” Hong Kong’s security force.

Lam said the police were simply enforcing the law, and only responding to the violence of protesters.

Alvin Yeung, a member of the council and Civic Party leader, however, rejected Lam’s explanation telling her: “You are the laughing stock of the world. Do you know what shame is?”

Yeung held up a sign reading “Shame”, before voluntarily leaving the legislative chamber.

Lam sat sternly as several pro-democracy members expressed their frustration at her handing of the protests.

Roy Kwong, another legislative member, asked Lam when she was going to order the creation of an independent commission to investigate the alleged rights abuses committed by police and called for her resignation.

“When are you going to pack up and leave? When are you going to step down?”  […]

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