The head of the Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam, will announce today the withdrawal of the controversial extradition project that sparked the massive protests recorded in the city for three months, according to various city media.
According to sources cited by the South China Morning Post and by the HK01 news portal , Lam has summoned the 43 pro-government deputies at 4 pm local time (08.00 GMT) today for a meeting at his official residence, after which he would announce the final withdrawal of the text.
Although he first suspended his processing and then repeatedly assured that the project was "dead", the protesters were not satisfied; One of the five demands of the movement is precisely the effective and definitive withdrawal of that legal reform.
If this occurs, this would mean that after thirteen weeks of protests the local authorities would finally agree to comply with one of the five requirements, in a gesture to "calm the environment," according to one of the sources cited.
The rest of the requests are the establishment of an independent commission that investigates the alleged police brutality, the withdrawal of charges against those arrested for the protests, the withdrawal of the qualification of "revolt" on the demonstrations and the application of universal suffrage for the election of the Head of the local Executive.
Lam enjoys, according to the latest polls, the lowest popularity ever recorded by a local government leader since Hong Kong returned to Chinese hands after a century and a half of British colonial domination.
However, and despite the fact that protesters have demanded his resignation over and over again, the policy denied yesterday that he had offered his resignation to the Chinese authorities: "I have never offered my resignation to the Central People's Government (the Beijing Executive). Never I have decided to resign. The choice of not resigning is my own. "
Thus, Lam responded to some recordings obtained by the Reuters news agency during a meeting with local businessmen in which he is heard saying: "If I had a choice, the first (what I would do) would be to resign, after having apologized conveniently."
In their latest interventions, the spokesmen of the Chinese Executive have reiterated their support for Lam, his Government and the Hong Kong Police to resolve the situation.
The demonstrations began last March in opposition to a controversial proposed extradition law that, according to lawyers and activists, could have allowed Beijing to access "fugitives" refugees in Hong Kong territory.
They have mobilized hundreds of thousands of people since June and have left clashes between some violent protesters and the police, who have been accused of abusing their power when deterring protests.
Although at the beginning of July the Hong Kong authorities declared this bill "dead", the protesters demand that it be officially withdrawn and have expanded their demands with the aim of improving the democratic mechanisms of the city and, in short, opposing Chinese authoritarianism.
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