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Hong Kong chief abandons policy speech; protest leader hospitalised

Hong Kong chief abandons policy speech; protest leader hospitalised

AFP
Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was shouted down by opposition lawmakers on a day that also saw a prominent protest leader left bloodied by hammer-wielding thugs.
The speech by chief executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests.
Instead the day laid bare the intense polarisation coursing through the semi-autonomous financial hub after four months of huge and increasingly violent rallies. Lam’s speech was swiftly dismissed by protesters who called for a new rally on Sunday.
Hours later the leader of the group organising that march was rushed to hospital after an attack by suspected government loyalists. The city’s unelected pro-Beijing leader, who has historic low approval ratings, tried twice to begin her policy address inside the Legislative Council, three months after the building was trashed by masked protesters.

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