Carrie Lam closes recorded policy address with call for Hong Kong to end pessimism, rebuild with can-do spirit

South China Morning Post 發布於 2019年10月16日07:10 • SCMP Reporters
  • Chief executive attempts twice to deliver speech in Legco but is cut short by heckling lawmakers, and has to resort to video feed
  • Lam earlier said she would zero in on housing, but critics urge strong reforms as anti-government demonstrations roll into their fifth month
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Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor tried to unveil her third policy address on Wednesday morning against the backdrop of the city's worst political crisis since its return to Chinese rule in 1997, but the meeting was cut short amid heckling by opposition lawmakers in the legislature.

Lam earlier said her annual speech - similar to a state of the union address - would focus on land and housing issues, but critics said they had little hope of any measures defusing the increasingly violent protests.

There were few protesters at the heavily guarded legislature in the lead-up to the session, and relatively muted discussion online of any plans to besiege the complex.

Lam said on Tuesday she would try to deliver her policy address in person, although sources revealed contingency plans were in place for her to do it via live feed or pre-recorded video.

Follow our live blog below for the latest updates. Reporting by Joyce Ng, Gary Cheung, Denise Tsang, Kanis Leung, Tony Cheung, Jeffie Lam, Sum Lok-kei, Kimmy Chung, Alvin Lum, Linda Lew and Martin Choi.

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