Hong Kong activists continue protests even as government offered concessions to placate the population.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam released a video conceding to protesters demands this week to fully withdraw the contentious extradition bill that has rocked the financial hub for 14-weeks straight.
However, she pleaded with pro-democracy advocates to think about the plight the near everyday protests were causing for common Hong Kong residents.
“However, should we all think deeply whether escalating violence and disturbances is the answer?” asked Lam in a taped speech on Wednesday. “Or whether it is better to sit down to find a way out through dialogue.”
Protesters are planning to block major roadways including routes connected to Hong Kong International Airport.
Hong Kong Airport Authority purchased advertising space in the local newspaper pleading with protesters to not block transportation routes to one of the busiest logistical hubs in the world.
“Please do not disrupt the journey of tens of thousands of travelers who use the airport every day,” read the advert.
Lam also promised to open a dialogue on how to include more people in the government decision-making process — referring to protester’s demands that Hongkongers should be able to choose their own leaders and not only those pre-chosen by Beijing.
“After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that discontentment extends far beyond the Extradition Bill,” said Lam.
“It covers political, economic and social issues, including the oft-mentioned problems relating to housing and land supply, income distribution … as well as how the public could be fully engaged in the government’s decision-making,” she added.