December 16, 2019 / 3:51 AM / a month ago

Hong Kong leader hopes for peaceful resolution of university standoff

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, hopes a standoff between police and anti-government protesters at a major university can be resolved peacefully, she said on Tuesday, adding that she had told police to handle it in a humane way.

Lam was speaking after a new chief of police called for citizens’ support to end more than five months of social unrest, with protesters trapped by police for a third day at a university in the Asian financial hub. [L4N27V2O9]

Lam had said violence roiling the former British colony exceeded protesters’ demands for democracy and described demonstrators as now being the people’s enemy.

Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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