Anti-government protesters start a fire on a flight of steps leading to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19. Photo: AFP
Anson Chan
Opinion

Opinion

Anson Chan

In one voice, Hong Kong demands an independent inquiry into the unrest. Why won’t Carrie Lam say yes?

  • The chief executive must stop hoping the IPCC report will placate protesters. The recent statement by international experts provides Lam with a cast-iron case to take to Beijing in favour of an independent commission of inquiry into the protests

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Anti-government protesters start a fire on a flight of steps leading to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19. Photo: AFP
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Anson Chan

Anson Chan

Anson Chan served as chief secretary of the Hong Kong government both before and after the handover, before retiring in 2001. As chief secretary, she headed the 190,000-strong civil service. She was the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong.