Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the controversial extradition bill that has brought about widespread protests in Hong Kong “is dead”.
At a press conference on Monday, Carrie Lam said in Cantonese that the proposed legislation was “reaching the end of its life”and the government’s work on the bill had been a “total failure”.
But Carrie did not use the term “withdraw” as the protesters have requested.
“There are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the legislative council,” Carrie Lam told reporters.
“So, I reiterate here, there is no such plan, the bill is dead.”
I am not superstitious; but when I compare Carrie Lam’s facial appearance of yesterday at the press conference with her look one month before, this has been a matter of life and death for the poor and stubborn woman.
One of the leading figures of the protest movement, student activist Joshua Wong, reiterated the demand for the bill to be “formally withdrawn” and accused Carrie Lam of using wordplay to “lie to the people of Hong Kong”.
Joshua tweeted after the press conference, “What #CarrieLam saying ‘the Bill is dead’ is another ridiculous lie to the people of #HongKong and foreign media because the bill still exists in the ‘legislative programme’ until July next year.
Carries Lam has not responded to all the five requests of the Hong Kong people. Protesters have demanded the bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of teargas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for Ms Lam, the city’s unelected leader, to step down.
Guo Wengui said in his whistle blow earlier today that with those words of Carrie Lam, the CCP cannot just go into Hong Kong and directly arrest those who dare to challenge the regime. “I am sure that Carrie Lam, Teresa Cheng, Steven Lo, and John Lee must resign in the end. Those detained student protesters must be released without charges. None of my five requests shall be ignored. A universal election in Hong Kong is a must.”
Yesterday, protesters have vowed to continue mass rallies. Bonnie Leung of the Civil Human Rights Front, which has organised demonstrations, said further protests would be held until the Hong Kong government meets five key demands.
On Sunday, thousands took to the streets again in an area around the West Kowloon Train Station, popular with mainland Chinese tourists, in a bid to explain their concerns over the bill to mainlanders.
The fact is here: not just the extradition bill is dead; dead is also the so-called “one country, two systems” arrangement that guarantees Hong Kong a high level of autonomy.
The aim is clear now. The target is the vile Chinese Communist Party. It’s time for more people to speak out against the Chinese government.
By Winnie Troppie