After days of historic protest in Hong Kong, the pro-Beijing government of the city seems to be backing away. The head of the government, Carrie Lam, much criticized, said in the morning of Tuesday that the bill on extradition to China, which was the reason for the protest of the people, was "dead." However, it refused to announce the immediate withdrawal of the text in question, which insistently demand the protesters. "There are still lingering doubts about the genuineness of the government or concerns that the government can relaunch the process before the legislative council (LegCo, local parliament). So, I would like to repeat it here, there is no project in this sense. The bill is dead, "she said.
For weeks, the former British colony is plunged into a deep political crisis triggered by the rejection of the text, with peaceful demonstrations monsters but also violent clashes between police and a more radical minority. The government had announced the suspension of the project, but this was not enough to quell the anger, metamorphosed into a larger movement to demand democratic reforms and stop the erosion of freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory returned in 1997 in the lap of China. Carrie Lam had virtually disappeared from circulation in recent weeks. But on Tuesday, she spoke at a press briefing his most conciliatory speech to date. She acknowledged that her government's attempts to pass the bill had resulted in "complete failure."
A proclaimed resolve to solve the problems of Hong Kong
She agreed to meet protest student representatives in public without any preconditions and acknowledged that this hub of international finance was facing unprecedented challenges. "I come to the conclusion that there are deep, fundamental problems in Hong Kong society," she said. It can be economic problems, living conditions, political divisions in society. The first thing we need to do is identify these fundamental problems and find solutions to move forward. It did not, however, accede to some key requirements of the protesters, starting with the outright withdrawal of the extradition project.
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The Government had indicated that the suspended text would not be represented in the LegCo. But the protesters lost all confidence in the pro-Beijing executive. Carrie Lam said she did not think the protesters would believe her if she used the word "withdrawal": "To a certain extent, if he were withdrawn today, he could come back to the LegCo in three months. Maybe the people want to hear something very determined and very decisive. So, the bill is deadit's a pretty definite statement. However, these statements failed to appease the people. One of the major Hong Kong groups behind the massive protest against the bill promised Tuesday new protests, sweeping away the assurances of the head of the pro-Beijing executive. "If our five demands are still not heard by Carrie Lam and her government, the Civil Rights Forum will continue to hold demonstrations and rallies," spokeswoman Bonnie Leung told reporters.