With millions of people taking to the streets to protest against an extradition bill her administration tried to push through which would allow suspects to be taken to mainland China for trial, Lam has offered to resign several times in recent weeks but has been turned down on each occasion by Beijing, according to the Financial Times which cites two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Instead, Beijing has insisted that Lam “stay to clean up the mess she created,” FT reports, adding that “no one else wants the job.”
Lam is certainly in an unenviable position. While she has declared that the controversial bill is “dead,” she has refused to formally withdraw it and has declined to accede to any of the protesters’ other demands — one of which is her own resignation.
On Sunday evening, the situation in Hong Kong grew ugly and violent yet again with police and protesters brawling inside of a luxury shopping mall, resulting in dozens of injuries.
Lam visited injured officers in the hospital on Monday and condemned the protesters who put them there as “rioters.”
Also at the press conference, she vowed to continue to serve the rest of her five-year term as the city’s chief executive which began in 2017 before making a remark which is unlikely to help her remaining time run smoothly:
“I have already announced that work on the bill stopped a month ago on June 15… I know that our responses may not fully satisfy those who voicing these demands but this is not my personal problem.”