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Hong Kong's Lam says she's never asked Beijing's permission to resign

Hong Kong's Lam says she's never asked Beijing's permission to resign”

Hong Kong's embattled leader insisted on 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.

The union confederation also promotes the Hong Kong parochialism and rejects any turn to the working class throughout China, which also confronts attacks on its democratic and social rights by the Chinese Communist Party regime in Beijing.

Striking workers said they were angry that the government had made no response to protesters' demands since the last general strike on August 5.

On Sunday, thousands of protesters swarmed the airport in a bid to paralyze the busy aviation hub.

Lam herself has only appeared in public occasionally to sternly condemn protesters and unequivocally support the police.

The appeals are undergirded by a sense among some Hong Kong residents that the Communist Party-ruled mainland government has been eroding the autonomy and civil liberties promised when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

She also admitted that a person in her position as chief executive of Hong Kong has to serve "two masters" - the people of Hong Kong and Beijing.

Some have expressed concerns about a possible Chinese military intervention similar to its crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

Lam has described the leak of the recording as "unacceptable", and denied that she or her government had orchestrated it.

Loh said: "I was once a so-called "Hong Kong pig", someone who only wants to live peacefully and cares more about the economy than politics, but now I realise how important this home and the freedom I enjoy here is to me".

It said anyone who "dares to infringe" on China's national sovereignty or challenges the power of Beijing will "be held accountable". But they're willing to play long, they are willing to play long, so you have no short term solution, Hong Kong suffers, you lose tourism, economy, you lose your IPOs and so, but you can't do much about it but after everything has been settled the country will be there to help with maybe positive measures especially in the Greater Bay Area.

"We are angry about the brutality of the police, but we have to find a way to solve that problem", she said, with tears in her eyes and a quiver in her voice.

"For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable", Lam said in the tape.

Eight students of St. Francis' Canossian College in Wan Chai, which is the alma mater of the chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, were seen kneeling down in front of the school main gate to call for other students to join the boycott. They blocked buses arriving at the airport but police in riot helmets kept them out of the terminal.

Protesters take part in a school boycott rally at Tamer Park in Central district of Hong Kong on September 2, 2019.

Clashes between police and protesters have become increasingly violent, with demonstrators throwing petrol bombs and rods at officers in fresh weekend protests. Some then targeted the MTR subway station in nearby Tung Chung, ripping out turnstiles and smashing CCTV cameras, glass panels and lamps with metal poles.

Organizers estimated that 30,000 people attended on Monday, compared to 13,000 in 2014 during the Umbrella Movement.The rally was similar to an event five years ago when thousands of students gathered at the same venue, leading to the 79-day Occupy Central protests for universal suffrage.

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.



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