But the reaction to event was varied, with many youngsters expressing disappointment.
In a message posted on her Facebook page, Lam said she would continue holding dialogue sessions with the public, including interactions on the internet.
The CE expressed gratitude to the randomly picked members of the public who attended a more than two hour dialogue session at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Thursday evening.
Lam described the session as a “first step” for Hong Kong to get out of its current impasse.
The CE noted that some people waited outside the event venue in Wan Chai, demanding to talk to her and said there’re different views about how the dialogue sessions should be carried out.
She promised dialogues would continue, including sessions to be held online.
She cited one father who attended the Thursday’s session who asked if a good Hong Kong can be passed to his children. Lam said it’s the “ultimate goal” of everybody.
Reactions about the session were varied. Talking on a RTHK programme, opposition lawmaker Tanya Chan said the CE cannot continue offering herself as a punching bag and has to offer some proactive decision if the crisis is to end.
Chan said the message is clear from the meeting that most people want an independent probe into police action.
But pro-government lawmaker Eunice Yung, who also took part in the radio programme, said Lam has not ruled out an independent probe. The CE only said let the IPCC probe finish and then after its findings are known, the next step can be considered, said Yung.
The talk session did not seem to have impressed the younger generation. Lee, a form six student of True Light Middle School of HK, said she’s disappointed because the CE didn’t propose any new solutions.
She also said if she gets a chance to talk to the CE, she would tell Lam that she should be ashamed of herself for suppressing people’s voices and freedoms and “allowing police brutality”.
Kwok, a form 4 student also from the True Light middle school of HK, said Lam evaded clear and simple questions and demands, especially on setting up an independent probe.
Lam admits she’s not managed to connect well with the people, but she still didn’t communicate genuinely with the public, said Kwok.
The students said if she is at future talks and Lam gives answers like IPCC and an independent probe are both ways to seek truth, she would ask the CE not to take Hong Kong people for fools.