September 26, 2019 / 11:37 AM / 5 months ago

Hong Kong leader says biggest responsibility for ending crisis lies with govt

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday she should hold talks with the people no matter how difficult as she opened the first “open dialogue” sessions in a bid to end nearly four months of sometimes violent protests.

She also said the biggest responsibility for resolving the crisis lay with the government.

Beijing-backed Lam was holding talks with 150 members of the community, with each participant to be given around three minutes to express their views, as hundreds of anti-government protesters chanted slogans outside the meeting’s venue.

Reporting by Felix Tam; Editing by Nick Macfie and John Stonestreet

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