The embattled leader met with leading representatives of the police force at Government House after thousands of demonstrators surrounded police headquarters for hours on Wednesday, demanding the complete withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill and release of those arrested during the June 12 protest.
Lam’s office later released a statement praising the police for their hard work under serious pressure protesters and assured them of her administration’s full support.
“Mrs Lam expressed her heartfelt thanks to members of the force for fulfilling their duties with dedication during the disputes and clashes in society caused by the legislative amendment exercise, striking a balance between the public’s freedom of expression and social order, and maintaining law and order in Hong Kong,” the statement read. “Mrs Lam said that she and her governing team will continue to give their full support for the force.”
In apparent response to the mock “missing person” notices that Hongkongers created as the 62-year-old leader retreated from making public appearances, the statement said she had been busy meeting representatives of the education and religious sectors, senior civil servants and foreign diplomats over the past few days to discuss the latest situation in Hong Kong.
Politically tone deaf Carrie Lam hasn’t been seen publicly for days. Then suddenly today she pops up serving tea to Hong Kong Police top brass at Govt House. Sure fire way to enrage public!#PRFail#antiELAB #NoChinaExtradition #NoToChinaExtradition #SaveHongKong#G20Summit pic.twitter.com/jwAFjh5i25
— Alex Hofford (@alexhofford) June 27, 2019
A report from Sing Tao Dailycited an anonymous source from the Friends of Hong Kong Association, a pro-Beijing group, who said Lam had made it clear she would not be tendering her resignation anytime soon because the central government had her back.
Also, when concerned individuals asked her how she was holding up with all the pressure, she reportedly said:
“Many people thought I’ve died, but I can’t die.”
According to the results of aregular survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong, Lam’s popularity has dropped to a historic low of 32.8 marks, 10.5 points lower than two weeks prior.
This was the worst rating ever received by a Hong Kong chief executive since the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997.