Carrie Lam definitively withdraws controversial extradition law - page 1
Hong Kong's government has completely withdrawn the draft controversial law for deliveries to China. This was announced by Prime Minister Carrie Lam after a meeting with MPs. With the formal retreat, the head of government meets a major demand of the demonstrators.
The Hong Kong government has given in to the months-long protests and completely withdrew its draft controversial law for deliveries to China. This was announced by Prime Minister Carrie Lam after a meeting with MPs, confirming corresponding media reports, including the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post .
Withdrawal is not enough for activists
Thus, Lam meets a substantial demand of the demonstrators and gives them for the first time concretely. The bill would have allowed deliveries of suspected persons to China. After the first protests, the head of government had initially suspended the draft and later declared "dead" - but not completely withdrawn.
Whether or not Lam's decision will now contain the protests is being called into question by many critics. In fact, activists expressed their relief in initial reactions, but made it clear that their withdrawal was not enough. "If they hear the chanting of people on the marches, then there are five demands and nothing less," said Bonnie Leung of the Civil Human Rights Front, which had organized large demonstrations.
These five demands include, first and foremost, the resignation of the head of government, an independent investigation into excessive police brutality, the release of those arrested, and a repeal of the charge of "rebellion." In addition, many protesters demand political reforms such as a change of suffrage and, more generally, the limitation of the influence of the Chinese central government on the former British Crown Colony, whose sovereignty the CP regime had adopted in 1997.
Open letter to Chancellor Merkel
Recently, some activists in an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel and had asked them - just before the start of their three-day trip to China - for support. Having first-hand experience with dictatorial regimes, she is well able to empathize with the protesters' situation, according to the letter signed by Joshua Wong, among others.
More than 1,100 people have been arrested during the protests and riots of recent weeks. The harsh police action against the democracy movement - there were also actions in front of some schools - also caused criticism internationally.