Asked what she has done to respond to demands from demonstrators, Lam said the government has responded, just not in a way that will necessarily satisfy protesters. Lam points out that the government’s independent police complaints council has begun looking into the attack on commuters on 21 July by suspected triad gangs.

Hong Kong’s deputy chief executive Matthew Cheung called on all civil servants to “stand together”. More than 4,000 civil servants have signed letters condemning the government, in a rare display of defiance for the normally politically neutral government bureaucrats. On Friday, thousands of civil servants attended a rally on despite orders from the government for them to stay “totally loyal” to the chief executive.


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