HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam did not rule out a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday but said restoring law and order was her top priority, as the Chinese-ruled city grapples with more than six months of sometimes violent anti-government protests.
Beijing-backed Lam was speaking two days after the largest anti-government rally in the Asian financial hub since local elections last month gave a resounding show of support for the pro-democracy movement.
With pressure mounting on her government, the Apple Daily on Tuesday reported that Beijing was considering a Hong Kong cabinet reshuffle by the end of the year to try to address the unrest.
Lam said she would depart on Saturday for a regular visit to Beijing, where she would brief mainland officials on Hong Kong’s biggest political crisis in decades.
“My first priority now is really to restore law and order in Hong Kong and to ensure that Hong Kong could continue to move ahead, both economically and socially,” Lam said during her weekly media address.
A cabinet reshuffle was not an “immediate task”, she added, coming the closest since the unrest broke out in June to conceding that changes in her leadership team were on the cards.
The almost daily protests have helped drive Hong Kong’s economy into recession and taken a heavy toll on retailers, as many shops have been forced to close early amid security concerns and tourists stay away.
Some 7,000 licensed retailers out of 64,000 in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese territory say they will have to close in the next six months, the Hong Kong Retail Management Association said on Monday.
Lam said she took comfort from the relatively peaceful protest on Sunday, although she condemned an arson attack on the city’s courts.
While the rally – which organizers said drew 800,000 people, while police estimated 183,000 – was largely peaceful, some protesters lit a fire outside court buildings and threw petrol bombs at government buildings.
Such a large and peaceful demonstration by people from all walks of life piles pressure on Lam and Beijing which have said the protests are stoked by radicals and rioters.
Activists plan another rally on Tuesday evening near the heart of the financial center to mark International Human rights Day.
Police said late on Monday bomb disposal officers had defused two home-made devices on the grounds of a school in the district of Wan Chai that were complete and ready to be used. It was not immediately clear if the devices were linked to the protests.
More than 6,000 people have been arrested since the demonstrations escalated in June – nearly 40% students – while police have fired around 16,000 rounds of teargas and about 10,000 rubber bullets. (The story has been refiled to fix byline with no changes to text)
Additional reporting by Donny Kwok and Farah Master, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Stephen Coates
- The Ten Rules Of Leadership In Network Marketing
- The First Quality of a Great leader - Self Awareness
- Becoming a Great Leader
- The Rules of Soccer: Game Etiquette Toward Officials
- The 7 Rules of Networking Made Easy
- Plutons, Ceres and The New Cosmic Order
- An Open Letter to the Teens in the Restored Church of God
- 10 Secrets for Women Leaders to Increase Visibility and Credibility
- How Does Ginseng Kill Cancer Cells?
- Become a Leader
- 10 Cardinal Rules for Business Growth
- Pastors and Priests Say the Darndest Things
- Mail Order's Most Common Mistakes
- Home Business - How To Cope With Loss Of Focus On Your Home Business Goals
- Armageddon - What the Bible Says
- The 8 Quintessential Questions for Leaders
- What the Bible Says About Disciplining Your Children and How to Do it in a Positive Loving Way
- The 10 Golden Rules of Trading
- All About Charging Orders - A Comprehensive Review of How LLCs and FLPs Protect Your Assets
- CNN whistleblower says it is an 'unwritten rule that you're 'not welcome if you support Trump' in second part of 'expose' which the president has threatened to sue over
Hong Kong leader does not rule out reshuffle, says focus is restoring order have 691 words, post on www.reuters.com at December 10, 2019. This is cached page on Movie News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.