0714 GMT October 21, 2019
Lam said the dialogue sessions would be as open as possible, with members of the public able to sign up to attend, Reuters reported.
“Hong Kong society has really accumulated a lot of deep rooted economic, social and even political issues, I hope these different forms of dialogue can provide a platform for us to discuss,” Lam told reporters at a weekly briefing.
She said the issues included housing and land shortages in one of the world’s most densely populated cities of 7.4 million. Young people are particularly frustrated by the high cost of finding a place of their own to live.
“But I have to stress here, dialogue platform doesn’t mean we don’t have to take resolute enforcement actions. Suppressing the violence in front of us is still the priority,” she said.
The former British colony has been roiled by nearly four months of sometimes violent protests.
The trigger for the unrest was an extradition bill, now withdrawn, that would have allowed people to be sent from Hong Kong to mainland China for trial.
But the demonstrators’ demands have broadened to include universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into their complaints of excessive force by the police.
Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms – including an independent legal system.