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Hong Kong leader holds community talks in bid to end crisis

A performer carries a chain outside the colonial-era indoor Queen Elizabeth stadium, the venue of the first community dialogue held by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China September 26, 2019. Lam said she had to hold talks with the people no matter how difficult they may be, as she opened the first "open dialog" session with the public in a bid to end nearly four months of sometimes violent protests.

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A performer carries a chain outside the colonial-era indoor Queen Elizabeth stadium, the venue of the first community dialogue held by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China September 26, 2019. Lam said she had to hold talks with...more

A performer carries a chain outside the colonial-era indoor Queen Elizabeth stadium, the venue of the first community dialogue held by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China September 26, 2019. Lam said she had to hold talks with the people no matter how difficult they may be, as she opened the first "open dialog" session with the public in a bid to end nearly four months of sometimes violent protests. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session in Hong Kong. The biggest responsibility for resolving the crisis in the Chinese-ruled city lay with the government, she said, as pro-democracy protesters chanted slogans outside. "If we want to walk away from the difficulty and find a way out, the government has to take the biggest responsibility to do so," Lam said. She held talks with 150 members of the community, with speakers each given around three minutes to express their views.

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Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session in Hong Kong. The biggest responsibility for resolving the crisis in the Chinese-ruled city lay with the government, she said, as pro-democracy protesters chanted slogans outside. "If we want to...more

Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session in Hong Kong. The biggest responsibility for resolving the crisis in the Chinese-ruled city lay with the government, she said, as pro-democracy protesters chanted slogans outside. "If we want to walk away from the difficulty and find a way out, the government has to take the biggest responsibility to do so," Lam said. She held talks with 150 members of the community, with speakers each given around three minutes to express their views. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Anti-government protesters gather outside the venue. Outside, about 100 protesters chanted: "Hong Kong people, add oil," a slogan meaning "keep your strength up."

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Anti-government protesters gather outside the venue. Outside, about 100 protesters chanted: "Hong Kong people, add oil," a slogan meaning "keep your strength up." REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Anti-government protesters gather outside the venue. Outside, about 100 protesters chanted: "Hong Kong people, add oil," a slogan meaning "keep your strength up." REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Anti-government protesters gather outside the venue. Resident Poon Yau-lok, 62, was skeptical that the talks would make any difference. "They wouldn't listen when 200,000 people marched on the street. Why would they listen to just 150?" she told Reuters.

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Anti-government protesters gather outside the venue. Resident Poon Yau-lok, 62, was skeptical that the talks would make any difference. "They wouldn't listen when 200,000 people marched on the street. Why would they listen to just 150?" she told...more

Anti-government protesters gather outside the venue. Resident Poon Yau-lok, 62, was skeptical that the talks would make any difference. "They wouldn't listen when 200,000 people marched on the street. Why would they listen to just 150?" she told Reuters. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session in Hong Kong. Protests over a now-shelved extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial have evolved into broader calls for greater democracy.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session in Hong Kong. Protests over a now-shelved extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial have evolved into broader...more

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session in Hong Kong. Protests over a now-shelved extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial have evolved into broader calls for greater democracy. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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A protester is escorted by undercover police officers after he tried to stop Carrie Lam's motorcade. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A protester is escorted by undercover police officers after he tried to stop Carrie Lam's motorcade. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A protester is escorted by undercover police officers after he tried to stop Carrie Lam's motorcade. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Anti-government protesters form a human chain outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters form a human chain outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters form a human chain outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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An anti-government protester shouts slogans outside the venue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

An anti-government protester shouts slogans outside the venue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

An anti-government protester shouts slogans outside the venue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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An anti-government protester holds up a placard outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester holds up a placard outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester holds up a placard outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Anti-government protesters wear masks outside the venue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Anti-government protesters wear masks outside the venue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Anti-government protesters wear masks outside the venue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the first community dialogue session. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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An anti-government protester holds placards in front of a mural outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester holds placards in front of a mural outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester holds placards in front of a mural outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Anti-government protesters step on pictures of pro-China lawmaker Junius Ho outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters step on pictures of pro-China lawmaker Junius Ho outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters step on pictures of pro-China lawmaker Junius Ho outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Anti-government protesters form a human chain outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters form a human chain outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters form a human chain outside the venue. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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