Hong Kong (CNN)To be Hong Kong Chief Executive is an impossible job, seemingly by design.

Pushed from one side by a public not afraid to take to the streets to challenge your decisions, and from the other by a hyper-controlling one-party state which demands stability above all else, it’s a wonder anyone wants the job. In the 22 years since Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese rule, no chief executive has ever completed two terms, and incumbent Carrie Lam looks to be no different. On Wednesday, she finally announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill after three months of increasingly violent protests, which have roiled the city and damaged its economy. The move came after a recording of Lam was leaked to Reuters in which she said “for a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable. It’s just unforgivable. If I have a choice, the first thing is to quit.” In a press conference on Tuesday, she criticized the leak and said she had not tendered a resignation to Beijing, nor even “contemplated to discuss a resignation” with her mainland superiors.Read MoreBut while she may not be leaving yet, it seems highly unlikely that Lam will be able to seek a second term in 2022. Nor do many expect her to get much done before then, faced with an incredibly hostile public and elections next year that could offer the opposition gains in the legislature. When she took the job, Lam struggled with a public perception that she was aloof and out of touch. Now her legacy is doomed to be far worse: the leader who fiddled while Hong Kong burned.An anti-extradition bill protester is detained by a riot police officer during a protest, at Po Lam Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station, in Hong Kong, China, September 5. An anti-extradition bill protester is detained by a riot police officer during a protest, at Po Lam Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station, in Hong Kong, China, September 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn anti-extradition bill protester is detained by a riot police officer during a protest, at Po Lam Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station, in Hong Kong, China, September 5. Hide Caption 1 of 113A man watches televisions at a home electronics retailer in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam makes an announcement on the extradition bill, on Wednesday, September 4. Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has sparked months of demonstrations in the city, bowing to one of the protesters' demands.A man watches televisions at a home electronics retailer in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam makes an announcement on the extradition bill, on Wednesday, September 4. Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has sparked months of demonstrations in the city, bowing to one of the protesters' demands. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA man watches televisions at a home electronics retailer in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam makes an announcement on the extradition bill, on Wednesday, September 4. Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has sparked months of demonstrations in the city, bowing to one of the protesters’ demands.Hide Caption 2 of 113A woman gets emotional while paying her respects to the protesters who were injured during clashes with the police outside Prince Edward station, in Hong Kong, China, September 4.A woman gets emotional while paying her respects to the protesters who were injured during clashes with the police outside Prince Edward station, in Hong Kong, China, September 4. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA woman gets emotional while paying her respects to the protesters who were injured during clashes with the police outside Prince Edward station, in Hong Kong, China, September 4.Hide Caption 3 of 113Flowers and notes are displayed as people pay their respects for protesters who were injured on August 31 outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong, on Wednesday, September 4.Flowers and notes are displayed as people pay their respects for protesters who were injured on August 31 outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong, on Wednesday, September 4. Photos: Hong Kong protestsFlowers and notes are displayed as people pay their respects for protesters who were injured on August 31 outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong, on Wednesday, September 4.Hide Caption 4 of 113Riot police aim at protesters outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, September 4.Riot police aim at protesters outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, September 4. Photos: Hong Kong protestsRiot police aim at protesters outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, September 4.Hide Caption 5 of 113Protesters speak while attending a citizen press conference in Hong Kong on September 4.Protesters speak while attending a citizen press conference in Hong Kong on September 4. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters speak while attending a citizen press conference in Hong Kong on September 4.Hide Caption 6 of 113Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a strike rally in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, September 3.Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a strike rally in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, September 3. Photos: Hong Kong protestsDemonstrators travel through a railway station during a strike rally in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, September 3.Hide Caption 7 of 113Students gather on the University Mall at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) during a class boycott rally in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, September 2.Students gather on the University Mall at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) during a class boycott rally in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, September 2. Photos: Hong Kong protestsStudents gather on the University Mall at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) during a class boycott rally in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, September 2.Hide Caption 8 of 113Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday, September 2. Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday, September 2. Photos: Hong Kong protestsStudents wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads “five major demands are indispensable” at St. Francis’ Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday, September 2. Hide Caption 9 of 113Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport.Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport.Hide Caption 10 of 113A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.Hide Caption 11 of 113Pro-democracy protesters leave after riot police arrived outside the airport on September 1.Pro-democracy protesters leave after riot police arrived outside the airport on September 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPro-democracy protesters leave after riot police arrived outside the airport on September 1.Hide Caption 12 of 113A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally on August 31, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally on August 31, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally on August 31, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.Hide Caption 13 of 113Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade as clashes with the police intensified on August 31.Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade as clashes with the police intensified on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters stand in front of a burning barricade as clashes with the police intensified on August 31.Hide Caption 14 of 113Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Hide Caption 15 of 113Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.Hide Caption 16 of 113Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Hide Caption 17 of 113A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.Hide Caption 18 of 113Protesters march with a banner that uses the stars of the Chinese national flag reconfigured to depict a Nazi swastika.Protesters march with a banner that uses the stars of the Chinese national flag reconfigured to depict a Nazi swastika. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters march with a banner that uses the stars of the Chinese national flag reconfigured to depict a Nazi swastika.Hide Caption 19 of 113Protesters came prepared with gas masks as police fired tear gas near Hong Kong's government headquarters on August 31.Protesters came prepared with gas masks as police fired tear gas near Hong Kong's government headquarters on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters came prepared with gas masks as police fired tear gas near Hong Kong’s government headquarters on August 31.Hide Caption 20 of 113An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.Hide Caption 21 of 113Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Hide Caption 22 of 113Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. It was one of the most violent nights seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Hide Caption 23 of 113Protesters gather in the lobby of Hong Kong's Revenue Department on August 25.Protesters gather in the lobby of Hong Kong's Revenue Department on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters gather in the lobby of Hong Kong’s Revenue Department on August 25.Hide Caption 24 of 113Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong protestsSome protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Hide Caption 25 of 113Police fire tear gas at protesters on August 25.Police fire tear gas at protesters on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice fire tear gas at protesters on August 25.Hide Caption 26 of 113Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.Hide Caption 27 of 113A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes at Kowloon Bay on August 24.A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes at Kowloon Bay on August 24. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes at Kowloon Bay on August 24.Hide Caption 28 of 113Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br />Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br /> Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.Hide Caption 29 of 113Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Hide Caption 30 of 113People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPeople link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.Hide Caption 31 of 113Protesters shine light from their cell phones as they form a human chain on top of the iconic Lion Rock at Wong Tai Sin.Protesters shine light from their cell phones as they form a human chain on top of the iconic Lion Rock at Wong Tai Sin. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters shine light from their cell phones as they form a human chain on top of the iconic Lion Rock at Wong Tai Sin.Hide Caption 32 of 113The human chain was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the "Baltic Way," a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated 2 million people formed a 600-kilometer (372-mile) human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.The human chain was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the "Baltic Way," a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated 2 million people formed a 600-kilometer (372-mile) human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe human chain was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the “Baltic Way,” a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated 2 million people formed a 600-kilometer (372-mile) human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Hide Caption 33 of 113Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23. Photos: Hong Kong protestsCell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Hide Caption 34 of 113Protesters take part in a march on Sunday, August 18.Protesters take part in a march on Sunday, August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters take part in a march on Sunday, August 18.Hide Caption 35 of 113Protesters march under umbrellas on August 18.Protesters march under umbrellas on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters march under umbrellas on August 18.Hide Caption 36 of 113Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Hide Caption 37 of 113Protesters take part in a rally in Victoria Park on August 18.Protesters take part in a rally in Victoria Park on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters take part in a rally in Victoria Park on August 18.Hide Caption 38 of 113A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.Hide Caption 39 of 113A protester ties a white ribbon, symbolizing the pure intentions of young protesters, during a march organized by teachers in Hong Kong on August 17.A protester ties a white ribbon, symbolizing the pure intentions of young protesters, during a march organized by teachers in Hong Kong on August 17. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester ties a white ribbon, symbolizing the pure intentions of young protesters, during a march organized by teachers in Hong Kong on August 17.Hide Caption 40 of 113Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.Hide Caption 41 of 113Tear gas envelops demonstrators at Sham Shui Po.Tear gas envelops demonstrators at Sham Shui Po. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTear gas envelops demonstrators at Sham Shui Po.Hide Caption 42 of 113Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Hide Caption 43 of 113Two protesters hold up an apology sign at the Hong Kong International Airport, which resumed operations on August 14. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.Two protesters hold up an apology sign at the Hong Kong International Airport, which resumed operations on August 14. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTwo protesters hold up an apology sign at the Hong Kong International Airport, which resumed operations on August 14. For two days, protesters flooded the airport. Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.Hide Caption 44 of 113A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13.A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13.Hide Caption 45 of 113A police officer draws his weapon during clashes at the airport on August 13.A police officer draws his weapon during clashes at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer draws his weapon during clashes at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 46 of 113Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 47 of 113Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong's Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being "seriously disrupted."Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong's Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being "seriously disrupted." Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong’s Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being “seriously disrupted.”Hide Caption 48 of 113A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.Hide Caption 49 of 113A display board shows canceled flights on August 13.A display board shows canceled flights on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA display board shows canceled flights on August 13.Hide Caption 50 of 113Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAnti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 51 of 113A woman wearing Minnie Mouse headgear looks on as stranded travelers gather near closed check-in counters on August 13.A woman wearing Minnie Mouse headgear looks on as stranded travelers gather near closed check-in counters on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA woman wearing Minnie Mouse headgear looks on as stranded travelers gather near closed check-in counters on August 13.Hide Caption 52 of 113Protesters display banners during a sit-in rally at the airport's arrival hall on Monday, August 12.Protesters display banners during a sit-in rally at the airport's arrival hall on Monday, August 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters display banners during a sit-in rally at the airport’s arrival hall on Monday, August 12.Hide Caption 53 of 113People hold signs during <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/asia/hong-kong-police-airport-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">airport protests</a> on August 12. The signs reference the woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.People hold signs during <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/asia/hong-kong-police-airport-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">airport protests</a> on August 12. The signs reference the woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPeople hold signs during airport protests on August 12. The signs reference the woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.Hide Caption 54 of 113Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMedics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Hide Caption 55 of 113A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.Hide Caption 56 of 113A "Lennon wall" featuring a raincoat is plastered with sticky notes on Saturday, August 10. A "Lennon wall" featuring a raincoat is plastered with sticky notes on Saturday, August 10. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA “Lennon wall” featuring a raincoat is plastered with sticky notes on Saturday, August 10. Hide Caption 57 of 113Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Hide Caption 58 of 113A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute.A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong’s morning rush-hour commute.Hide Caption 59 of 113A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.Hide Caption 60 of 113A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.Hide Caption 61 of 113A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.Hide Caption 62 of 113A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.Hide Caption 63 of 113A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.Hide Caption 64 of 113Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMembers of Hong Kong’s medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Hide Caption 65 of 113The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.Hide Caption 66 of 113A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.Hide Caption 67 of 113A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.Hide Caption 68 of 113Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26.Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTravelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong’s international airport on Friday, July 26.Hide Caption 69 of 113People paste Post-it notes on a demonstrator in the Hong Kong airport.People paste Post-it notes on a demonstrator in the Hong Kong airport. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPeople paste Post-it notes on a demonstrator in the Hong Kong airport.Hide Caption 70 of 113Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Hide Caption 71 of 113Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long.Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMasked men in white T-shirts are seen after attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators at a train station in Yuen Long.Hide Caption 72 of 113Police fire tear gas at protesters during a march on July 21.Police fire tear gas at protesters during a march on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice fire tear gas at protesters during a march on July 21.Hide Caption 73 of 113Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMedical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Hide Caption 74 of 113An egg thrown by a protester hits the emblem on the China Liaison Office on July 21.An egg thrown by a protester hits the emblem on the China Liaison Office on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn egg thrown by a protester hits the emblem on the China Liaison Office on July 21.Hide Caption 75 of 113The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district.The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district.Hide Caption 76 of 113A protester covers a security camera outside the Chinese government's liaison office in Hong Kong.A protester covers a security camera outside the Chinese government's liaison office in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester covers a security camera outside the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 77 of 113Protesters gather for a demonstration on July 21.Protesters gather for a demonstration on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters gather for a demonstration on July 21.Hide Caption 78 of 113Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Hide Caption 79 of 113A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.Hide Caption 80 of 113The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 81 of 113A protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building.A protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 82 of 113Protesters stream into the Legislative Council building.Protesters stream into the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters stream into the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 83 of 113A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 84 of 113Protesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1.Protesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1.Hide Caption 85 of 113Police standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1.Police standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1.Hide Caption 86 of 113Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsColumns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Hide Caption 87 of 113Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsHelicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 88 of 113Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Hide Caption 89 of 113A protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1.A protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 90 of 113A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.Hide Caption 91 of 113Protesters face police on July 1.Protesters face police on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters face police on July 1.Hide Caption 92 of 113Protesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police.Protesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police.Hide Caption 93 of 113A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK."A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK." Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester wearing a T-shirt with the word “revolution” walks past an inscription on a road that reads “Long Live HK.”Hide Caption 94 of 113Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 95 of 113An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.Hide Caption 96 of 113A protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.A protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.Hide Caption 97 of 113Rubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city's main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said.Rubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city's main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said. Photos: Hong Kong protestsRubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city’s main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said.Hide Caption 98 of 113Protesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12.Protesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12.Hide Caption 99 of 113A police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12.A police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12.Hide Caption 100 of 113Police officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters.Police officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters.Hide Caption 101 of 113A protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12.A protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12.Hide Caption 102 of 113Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Hide Caption 103 of 113A protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before.A protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before.Hide Caption 104 of 113By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill. Photos: Hong Kong protestsBy the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.Hide Caption 105 of 113Protesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill.Protesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill.Hide Caption 106 of 113A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.Hide Caption 107 of 113Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Hide Caption 108 of 113A police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9.A police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9.Hide Caption 109 of 113Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9.Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9.Hide Caption 110 of 113Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted.Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white — the designated color of the rally. “Hong Kong, never give up!” some chanted.Hide Caption 111 of 113A crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9.A crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9.Hide Caption 112 of 113Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8. Photos: Hong Kong protestsStudents wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Hide Caption 113 of 11301 hong kong protests 090502 hong kong 090403 hong kong 090404 hong kong 090405 hong kong 090406 hong kong 090404 hong kong 0903 RESTRICTED12 hong kong 0902 RESTRICTED03 hong kong protest 090204 hong kong protest 090101 hong kong protests 090102 hong kong protest 090102 hong kong protests 083107 hong kong protests 083106 hong kong protests 083103 hong kong protests 083104 hong kong protests 083105 hong kong protests 0831bpt101 hong kong protests 08312019bpt103 hong kong protests 08312019bpt102 hong kong protests 0831201902 hong kong protests 083001 hong kong protest unf 082502 hong kong protest unf 082503 hong kong protest unf 082504 hong kong protest unf 082502 hong kong protests 082403 hong kong protests 082404 hong kong protests 082405 hong kong protests 082402 hong kong protests 082305 hong kong protests 082304 hong kong protests 082307 hong kong protests 082301 hk protests 081802 hk protests 081803 hk protests 081804 hk protests 081806 hk protests 081807 hk protests08 hong kong 081407 hong kong 081409 hong kong 081406 hong kong 0814 RESTRICTED17 hong kong 081319 hong kong 0813 RESTRICTED12b hong kong 081311 hong kong 081303 hong kong 081313 hong kong 0813 RESTRICTED08 hong kong 081310 hong kong 081301 hong kong 081207 hong kong 0812hong kong protest 0811 0304b hong kong protest 081105 hong kong protest 081010 hong kong 080501 hong kong 080502 hong kong 080505 hong kong 080501 hong kong protest 080402 hong kong protests 080303 hong kong protests 080304 hong kong protests 080309 hong kong protests06 hong kong protests12 hong kong protests01 hong kong protest 072606 hong kong protest 072611 hong kong protest 072101 hong kong unrest 072210 hong kong protest 072101 hong kong protest 072106 hong kong protest 072101 hong kong protest 072212 hong kong protest 072107 hong kong protest 072101 hong kong protests 071321 hong kong protest 070122 hong kong protest 070125 hong kong protest 070119 hong kong protest 070106 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED05 hong kong protest 070103 hong kong protest 070120 hong kong protest 070104 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED09 hong kong protest 070110 hong kong protest 070111 hong kong protest 0701HK rallies 2008 hong kong protest 070107 hong kong protest 07010701 HK rallies 02HK rallies10 hong kong protests 061211 hong kong protests 061225 hong kong protests 061214 hong kong protests 06120612 HK protests 0518 hong kong protests 061221 hong kong protests 061224 hong kong protests 06120612 HK protests 1005 hong kong protests 061220 hong kong protests 061224 Hong Kong Extradition 061004 hong kong protests 060904 Hong Kong Extradition Protest02 hong kong protests 060901 hong kong protests 060901 hong kong protest 0608Why Beijing won’t let Lam goFor many outsiders, it can seem bizarre that no Hong Kong officials have resigned after three months of chaos, which the government has accepted responsibility for starting, if not continuing. In many political systems, someone would have been pushed onto their sword if they would not politely fall on it. Lam however, cannot leave. Her departure would cause more problems for Beijing than it would solve, with no obvious successor in place — unlike when Lam stood in the wings for her equally unpopular predecessor CY Leung — and a selection process that would open another huge can of worms. Under the city’s constitution, if the office of chief executive becomes vacant, a successor must be selected “within six months.” Lam and all of her predecessors were chosen by an “election committee” which purports to represents a broad swath of society, but is dominated by pro-Beijing figures and follows the central government’s lead. This situation has long been a point of contention in Hong Kong. An attempt to reform it ended with acrimony in 2014 when Beijing refused to allow candidates to stand without being pre-approved, kick-starting the Umbrella Movement protests. Restarting that political reform process — achieving the “ultimate aims” of the constitution of electing both the chief executive and the entire legislature by universal suffrage — has been a demand of the current protests, albeit one that few but the most radical idealists expect to be achieved. In a televised address Wednesday, Lam said implementing universal suffrage “is the ultimate aim laid down in the Basic Law,” the city’s constitution. “If we are to achieve this, discussions must be undertaken within the legal framework, and in an atmosphere that is conducive to mutual trust and understanding, and without further polarizing society,” she said. But the can has been kicked down the road. There is not time to reform legislative elections before the next parliament is chosen next year, and Lam — or more likely her successor — will not face reselection until 2022. From Beijing’s perspective, Lam’s resignation would only open an angry debate over reforming the chief executive’s selection, two years earlier than necessary, and continue Hong Kong’s summer of chaos. Meet Hong Kong's first female leader (2017)Meet Hong Kong's first female leader (2017)ta meet hong kongs first female leader _00024319JUST WATCHEDMeet Hong Kong’s first female leader (2017)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Meet Hong Kong’s first female leader (2017) 08:34Lame duckIn the remarks leaked to Reuters, Lam acknowledged that the “the political room for the chief executive who, unfortunately, has to serve two masters … that political room for maneuvering is very, very, very limited.” More than any of her predecessors, she has demonstrated the limits of the office. Unable to take decisive action or make significant compromises without first running it past Beijing, many protesters regard her as little more than a puppet, making negotiations a non-starter for some because they don’t believe she has the power to decide anything. In July, senior pro-democratic lawmaker Fernando Cheung said that even if the government succeeds in quashing the violence and getting past the current crisis, its chances of achieving anything before the end of Lam’s term is severely limited. “Our younger generation has awakened. They have come to understand that the current political system does not work,” Cheung told CNN. “And even if the current campaign subsides in the future, any other new initiatives such as the national anthem law or the 1,000-acre man-made island that has been proposed by the chief executive. These measures would not go through without major protest. So, I think effectively, the government has become a lame duck.”In the leaked speech, Lam said that while she was pessimistic, “Hong Kong is not dead yet.””Maybe she is very, very sick but she is not dead yet,” Lam said. “We will need to come back to life, some life. So thereafter we want a reborn Hong Kong and a relaunching of this Hong Kong brand.” Hong Kong may yet be revived, images of police violence and protester petrol bombs replaced by peaceful scenes once again, but Lam’s brand is beyond saving.

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