The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam has apologised for sparking prolonged political crisis, and has admitted that she would quit if she had the chance.
Lam who revealed that much in an audio recording obtained by Reuters news agency also told a closed-door meeting with business people last week that she had “very limited” room to resolve the crisis because the unrest had become a threat to national security.
“If I have a choice,” she said, speaking in English, “the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology.
“The choice of not resigning is my own choice,” she said, acknowleding that “sometimes at private meetings, I shared personal thoughts,” Lam added.
The development comes a day after train travels in Hong Kong were thrown into chaos after protesters blocked train doorways on Monday, kicking off another day of violent demonstrations.
Many citizens heeded the call for a general strike while university students rallied in the afternoon.
Also, as many as 10,000 secondary students boycotted classes as secondary students formed a human chain outside their schools, early on Monday morning.
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