What Happened: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam will hold her first promised dialogue session with up to 200 members of the public next week to address the roots of the city's ongoing protests, the South China Morning Post reported Sept. 17.
Why It Matters: Lam is attempting to address some of the grievances that have fueled ongoing protests and provide avenues for members of the public to consult with her government. The chief executive announced the process on Sept. 4, the same day she formally withdrew a controversial extradition bill that initially sparked demonstrations. At the time, Lam also promised an inquiry into police conduct during the protests.
Background: Next week's dialogue, which will be the first of three rounds of conversations, will include a randomized list of volunteer participants. The second meeting will feature another random group of invitees, while the third round will consist of 20-person focus groups.
- Hong Kong Reaches a Point of No Return (Sept. 5, 2019)
- Where Do Hong Kong's Protests Go From Here? (Aug. 30, 2019)
- Charting the Growth and Turmoil of Hong Kong's Protest Movement (Aug. 28, 2019)