HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JULY 22: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to the media during a press conference on July 22, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued weekly rallies on the streets of Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill since June 9 as the city plunged into crisis after waves of demonstrations and several violent clashes. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam apologized for introducing the bill and recently declared it "dead", however protesters have continued to draw large crowds with demands for Lam's resignation and complete withdrawal of the bill. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Hong Kong: Failure in political leadership inflames situation

Following the latest protest in Hong Kong on Sunday which ended in violence, including people being attacked at Yuen Long MTR station by a group of men, Man-kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, said:

“Police should never leave people at the mercy of violent thugs. While those responsible for the attacks must be brought to justice, the slow response from police on Sunday night is a serious failing which must be investigated. Police must protect people irrespective of their political stance. Police must quickly learn the lessons from last night to avoid any repeat.

“Hong Kong is paying a heavy price for a failure in political leadership. Carrie Lam continues to inflame the situation by her refusal to completely withdraw the Extradition Bill, and her refusal to set up an independent investigation into the repeated failings by police.”