Hong Kong leader hopes for peaceful resolution of university standoff

FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses a news conference in Hong Kong, China November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, hopes a standoff between police and anti-government protesters at a major university can be resolved peacefully, she said on Tuesday, adding that she had told police to handle it in a humane way.

Lam was speaking after a new chief of police called for citizens’ support to end more than five months of social unrest, with protesters trapped by police for a third day at a university in the Asian financial hub.

Lam had said violence roiling the former British colony exceeded protesters’ demands for democracy and described demonstrators as now being the people’s enemy.

Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom; Editing by Clarence Fernandez