Hong Kong (dpa) - After months of protests, the Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam wants to withdraw the draft for the controversial law for deliveries to China completely according to a newspaper report.
The Hong Kong newspaper "South China Morning Post" reported on Wednesday, citing government circles, Carrie Lam will announce after a meeting with deputies an appropriate decision. The bill, which had already been put on hold, triggered the demonstrations in the Chinese special administrative region.
With a formal retreat, the head of government would meet a substantial demand of the demonstrators and concretely demonstrating congeniality for the first time. The law allowed for the delivery of suspects to China, although its judicial system is not independent and is often used as a tool of political persecution. After the first protests, the head of government first suspended the draft and later declared it "dead", but did not withdraw it completely.
Hong Kong protest leaders asked Chancellor Angela Merkel for a meeting just before the start of her trip to China. In an open letter to Merkel, who is the "Bild" newspaper, the well-known activist Joshua Wong warns of an escalation of violence. "We have a dictatorial power that does not allow fundamental freedoms and uses more and more violent measures, with a tendency for a new massacre like Tian'anmen Square." In 1989, Tiananmen Square soldiers in Beijing beat violent democracy protests ,
For more than three months, there have been protests in Hong Kong, often resulting in clashes between a small section of the protesters and the police. The trigger was the extradition law, but the demands continue today and extend to democratic reforms. The protest movement fears the increasing influence of the Chinese government on Hong Kong and a curtailment of its freedoms. Also, the demonstrators demand an independent investigation of police violence.
In the open letter, the protestors address Merkel's GDR past. Having first-hand experience of dictatorial regimes, she could well empathize with the protesters' situation. Merkel should therefore address the situation in Hong Kong in talks with the Chinese government. The Chancellor will travel to China on Thursday and hold talks in Beijing on Friday.
The foreign policy spokesman of the SPD, Nils Schmid, said the "world" Merkel must clarify in Beijing that a violent crackdown on the protests was not acceptable. Jürgen Hardt (CDU), foreign policy leader of the Union faction, told the newspaper that Merkel would appeal to China's freedom of guardianship of Hong Kong. It will happen in a way that "allows the Chinese a face-saving, peaceful reaction without being pressured from outside. Such pressure often causes the opposite in Beijing. »
Greens leader Annalena Baerbock demanded in the "Rheinische Post" that Merkel must make it clear that China's pressure on politics in the Special Administrative Region had consequences for Germany's willingness to cooperate. The Chairman of the Petitions Committee Bundestag, Marian Wendt (CDU), said Beijing must commit to its international obligations, according to Hong Kong: one country - two systems. "If we do not demand this, we will only kowtow to Beijing."
After the heavy riots in the weekend in Hong Kong, there were new incidents on Wednesday night. At around midnight, police cleared a group of protesters from a square outside the police station in Mong Kok district, RTE radio reported Wednesday. The police also arrested Prince Edward at the subway station. Pepper spray was used in both police operations. More than 1,100 people have been arrested during the protests and riots.