The head of the Hong Kong Executive, Carrie Lam, said Tuesday that she has the “unavoidable responsibility” of “finding solutions” that deactivate the protests that have been going on in the financial city for more than half a year.
In a three-minute video titled: “Hong Kong Treasure … our house,” Lam took stock of what a 2019 marked by the protests has given, which she says have “broken people’s hearts”, who is “anxious, disappointed and angry.”
“I will listen humbly to find a way out, we can start over together,” Lam posted on his Facebook account as a year-end speech.
Lam added that Hong Kong people can “overcome difficulties as they have done on other occasions in the past,” and expressed their desire for reconciliation during 2020.
However, some hongkoneses returned to mobilize today with rallies distributed throughout the day to ask people not to forget what happened in 2019 and to continue protesting in 2020.
For its part, the Hong Kong Police have dispatched 6,000 agents to keep those who demonstrate during the New Year holidays at bay, according to local media.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to join a march organized by the Civil Human Rights Front on January 1, a group that has managed to mobilize more than one million people on other occasions.
Although the police have authorized this march, in a video posted on their website warns that if the protesters use violence “people will not support them” and the agents will have no choice but to proceed to arrest them.
The protests came massively to the streets of Hong Kong on June 9 following a controversial extradition bill, already withdrawn by the Government, but they have mutated to become a movement that seeks to improve Hong’s democratic mechanisms Kong and an opposition to Beijing authoritarianism.
However, some protesters have opted for more radical tactics than peaceful protest and violent clashes with the police have been common.
The months of protests have put Hong Kong’s economy in recession for the first time in a decade, after contracting 2.9% in the third quarter, affected by the drop in imports and exports, of retail sales and by the decreasing figures of tourism.