Hong Kong will definitively withdraw the controversial extradition bill on Wednesday, a government official reports Wednesday. Because of the bill, which was previously suspended indefinitely, it has been uneasy for more than three months in the Chinese region that has a special status and a high degree of autonomy.
Five demands from demonstrators
- Final withdrawal of the bill.
- Independent investigation into the conduct of the police.
- The government should no longer use the word "riots" with regard to the disturbances.
- Release of the arrested protesters and withdrawal of charges against them.
- Universal voting rights for Hong Kong residents. Now the highest director is chosen by a special committee.
Hong Kong director Carrie Lam will officially announce the final withdrawal on Wednesday, the source said. It is not clear whether this will put an end to the great unrest in Hong Kong.
Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people have demonstrated against the bill in the last thirteen weeks. They are strongly against the introduction of the law, because it makes extradition to China possible. They fear that Beijing will abuse the law to try political opponents.
The protests in Hong Kong are no longer just about extradition law. The demonstrators, who have been campaigning daily in recent weeks, demand, among other things, an independent investigation into recent police violence.
The protesters and riot police regularly collided with each other. The parties are increasingly reacting to each other; For example, last weekend protesters threw more than eighty Molotov cocktails. The number of arrests of demonstrators rose to 1,117 after the restless weekend.
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Legislative proposal suspended in early July indefinitely
Earlier it was reported that Lam had submitted the demands of the protesters to the central government of China, but that these were subsequently swept off the table. She had suspended the bill indefinitely at the beginning of July, but at the time refused to take further steps.
In the following period, Lam himself became increasingly under fire. Many demonstrators demand that the director, who was chosen by a pro-Beijing committee in 2017, resigns. She has repeatedly said she wants to regain the trust of the population.
Reuters news agency reported Monday on the basis of an audio fragment that Lam wants to apologize and then resign, but that she cannot choose to do so. With this, Lam gave the impression that she cannot resign from Beijing.
A day later, Lam stated that she had never asked the Chinese government to let her resign in order to end the political crisis. "I have not even considered discussing a dismissal with the central government. The decision to dismiss is my own."
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