Carrie Lam offers sincere apology but still refuses to step down

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At 4:00 pm Tuesday, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam expressed her “most sincere apology” to all Hong Kong people but moved around questions signaling her resignation and complete withdraw of the Extradition bill.

Carrie Lam said at the press conference, “This incident has let me realize that I need to do more, and as chief executive, I’ve still got much to learn and do, in better understanding diverse interests and listening more to all walks of life and taking the society forward”.

But the chief executive refuses to change the definition of “riot” in her wording, refuses to revoke the extradition bill and refuses to step down.

As the 22 anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover on the first of July is less than two weeks from now, the Central Government still needs Carrie Lam to preside over the ceremony. It is thought that Carrie Lam’s official resignation won’t be approved until after the handover activities.

Guo Wengui tweeted earlier today in Guo.media, “Friends, the resignation of Carrie Lam will soon be announced. This is not enough and we are not satisfied. There must be more resignations and investigation into the truth behind the Extradition bill. All political prisoners in Hong Kong prisons must be released; there must be new elections at the Legislation Council and the next Chief Executive must be chosen by public votes.”

The organizers have posted statements to warn of escalating the actions if the government insists on keeping blind eyes to the following terms by 5:00 pm on June 20th:

First, complete withdraw the extradition bill;

Second, release the arrested and compensate;

Third, investigate into the power abuse by police;

Fourth, revoke the notion of riot offence;

Fifth, resignation of Carrie Lam.

A mass gathering has been called for at 7:00 o’clock in the morning of June 21 at the Government Headquarters in Hong Kong Central.

According to Ludepress, policemen in Beijing are checking people’s WeChat accounts at subway stations and the censorship is closely related to what’s happening in Hong Kong. Critics say Beijing will soon become the same as Xinjiang with more human rights violations.

Joshua Wong, the Hong Kong student activist and secretary of a pro-democratic party who was jailed for two months, was released on June 17. Meeting the press, Wong criticized the oppression against protesters by the Hong Kong police.

Joshua Wong said, “Carrie Lam must resign, otherwise in two weeks, before the 22nd handover anniversary, there must be more Hong Kong people, more than 2 million, coming out for fight”.

U.S. senator Marco Rubio said we are so often disappointed at the outcome when the voices of freedom confront authoritarianism. That is why news that Hong Kong has indefinitely suspended China extradition bill is so uplifting.

Rubio tweeted, “Joshua was unjustly imprisoned for defending liberty. He is an inspiration for Hong Kongers fighting against efforts by China’s Communist Party to strip them of their freedom.”

BBC and the Guardian also said in an editorial, “The massive scale of fight for No China Extradition is just beginning in Hong Kong.”

Asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday on his and President Trump’s concerns about demonstrations in Hong Kong, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made these remarks:

“The President has always been vigorous defender of human rights. He’s going to get the opportunity, I think, to see President Xi in just what’ll be a couple weeks now in Osaka, Japan at the G20 summit.  I’m sure this will be among the issues that they discuss.”

Pompeo said, “President Trump has pushed back very strongly against them. We see what’s happening, what’s unfolding in Hong Kong. We’re watching the people of Hong Kong speak about the things they value. And we’ll see what CEO Lam’s decision is in the coming days and weeks ahead.”

Everything is just beginning.

By Winnie Troppie

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