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Hong Kong protests: Problem with Carrie Lam's apology is the unspoken words

After two televised apologies by embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, the city will continue to be rocked by uncertainty caused by the impasse between her government and the protesters who are demanding her exit.

The central message meant to calm tensions in Mrs Lam's televised apology to the people of Hong Kong yesterday afternoon was that she is truly sorry for causing great divide and disputes in society.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2019, with the headline 'Problem with apology is the unspoken words'. Print Edition | Subscribe