Carrie Lam says she will follow the example of the 2011 Tottenham riots in London
Hong Kong's regional director, Carrie Lam, said today that she will use the Tottenham riots in London 2011 as a model to bring peace to the city.
Ms. Lam told reporters at a weekly press conference that she would set up an independent review to identify the causes of the recent social unrest.
& # 39; As elsewhere, & # 39; especially in the UK following the Tottenham riots in 2011, we are now modeling that scheme to set up an independent evaluation committee to look at the causes of social Unrest, which has taken so long in Hong Kong, to identify the underlying problems, socio-economic or even political, and to recommend measures that the government needs to take, ”she said.
& # 39; I sincerely hope that this will offer us a way forward. & # 39;
Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam told reporters today that she would set up an independent committee to investigate the causes of the social unrest affecting the territory.
Pro-democracy protesters set fire to the MTR station entrance during a demonstration in the Causeway Bay district on October 4, 2019 in Hong Kong
This image shows a fire on August 7, 2011 through the Carpetright building in Tottenham, London. Mrs. Lam said she would use the UK example in the wake of the 2011 Tottenham riots
The comments of the regional executive came during a press conference two days after the voters went to the polls in large numbers at municipal elections.
The elections are largely seen as a means of assessing public support for the anti-government protests that have destroyed the city since June.
The unrest began as a reaction to a piece of now repealed legislation that would allow authorities to extradite civilians to mainland China.
A record-shattering 2.7 million people came to vote in the only elections that were decided by the public.
Democracy candidates won 90 percent of the seats and took over 17 of the 18 councils.
Despite the landslide victory, Ms. Lam told reporters that voters' opinions were pretty diverse & # 39; and do not necessarily indicate support for the demonstrators.
& # 39; [The results] clearly reflected that many voters wanted to express their opinion and opinion to the government, to myself, & # 39; she said Sky News.
She admitted that the public tried their dissatisfaction with & # 39; government deficiencies & # 39; but concentrated the result on the time needed to manage the ongoing violence on the territory.
Protesters have consistently called on Mrs Lam to resign from her post, but she has maintained that a silent majority supported her, as was demonstrated during this weekend's vote.
A demonstrator against the government can be seen with a molotov cocktail during protests in Tsim Sha Tsui, in Hong Kong on November 18, 2019
Hong Kong police officers can arrest a demonstrator during anti-government protests in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019
Protesters see the confrontation with the riot police in Tottenham after problems flare up when community members took to the streets to & # 39; justice & # 39; to be demanded for Mark Duggan, 29. Duggan was shot dead by officers on 4 August 2011
She said some people voted to show that they were unable to tolerate the violence on the street & # 39; and acknowledged that the law was not handled professionally & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Lam gave no indication that she would bow to the demands of protesters, including elections and investigations into police violence.
Instead, she said the government would try to promote dialogue with the community. She added that recent unrest had prevented her from pushing discussions forward and that the relative silence in violence might make more possible.
The streets of the city have been cruelty free for almost a week.
The Tottenham Riots 2011
A file photo shows the burnt-out shell of a police car, melted into the asphalt in the center of Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011
Mark Duggan, then 29, was shot dead by the police in Tottenham on 4 August 2011.
Officers had suspected him of being in possession of a firearm.
In the immediate aftermath, the community flooded the streets of Tottenham and called for & # 39; justice & # 39; and doubted the circumstances of his death.
At approximately 5.30 p.m. on August 6, Duggan's family and friends marched to Tottenham police station to demand & # 39; answers & # 39 ;.
A & # 39; brick or folder & # 39; was thrown at the Chief Inspector who spoke to the crowd and the police jumped on a 16-year-old girl who allegedly caused her head injury.
Riots, arson and looting then tore through Tottenham and spread over London and the rest of the country.
The unrest lasted six days and five people died as a result.
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang today condemned the proposed Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and demanded that the US leave the piece of legislation. The bill has already been adopted by the Lower House and the Senate.
The legislator would allow the US to review its special trade relationship with the autonomous region on an annual basis and to impose restrictions and sanctions on officials deemed responsible for human rights violations.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the law interferes with China's internal affairs and & # 39; supports violent criminal behavior & # 39 ;.
He called on America to withdraw the bill and to stop interfering with China's internal affairs.
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