Demonstrators link hands as they gather at the Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui on August 23. At least 210,000 people joined human chains on both sides of Victoria Harbour on the day, in a gesture of support for the demands of Hong Kong protesters. Photo: AP
Erik Shum
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Opinion

Erik Shum

If Carrie Lam declares an emergency in Hong Kong, she will be defying the rule of law

  • The Basic Law does not give Hong Kong’s chief executive the power to ‘officially proclaim’ a state of emergency
  • The city’s leader therefore has no lawful power to make emergency regulations that would comply with Hong Kong’s international treaty obligations and own bill of rights

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Demonstrators link hands as they gather at the Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui on August 23. At least 210,000 people joined human chains on both sides of Victoria Harbour on the day, in a gesture of support for the demands of Hong Kong protesters. Photo: AP
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Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will stay on as leader to solve the city’s political crisis. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam insists she never offered to resign, denies Beijing is stopping her from quitting

  • City leader says it is her decision to remain in post so she can tackle protest crisis
  • In leaked recording, chief executive appears to tell closed-door meeting she would step down if she had the choice
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will stay on as leader to solve the city’s political crisis. Photo: Nora Tam
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