Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has stated the controversial bill that would have allowed extradition to the Chinese mainland “is dead.”
In a press conference on Tuesday, Ms. Lam stated the government’s work on the bill had been a “total failure.”
However, she stopped short of saying it had been withdrawn altogether, as protesters have been demanding.
The bill had sparked weeks of unrest in the city, and the government had already suspended it indefinitely.
“However there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity and worries whether the government will restart the process in the Legislative Council,” Ms. Lam informed reporters.
“So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead.”
Carrie Lam’s statement sounds emphatic, especially in English. “The bill is dead” doesn’t leave a lot of room for quibbling. However, she has stopped in need of the protester’s actual demand – that the widely reviled extradition bill be instantly withdrawn.
As a substitute, she is committing herself to permit the bill to stay in limbo till the current legislative session ends – and then it will die by default.
The aim seems clear. The massive street protests in Hong Kong have now continued for a month. On Sunday, more than 100,000 individuals took to the streets again. Even the leaders of pro-Beijing political events have started to question the fitness of Ms. Lam’s administration, and the ineptitude of her response.
So Ms Lam has once more been forced to back down, and to admit that her government’s try to pass the extradition bill has been a “full failure”.