The leader of Hong Kong Carrie Lam has said that the most controversial bill that would have allowed extradition to the Chinese mainland “is dead”.
On Thursday, in a press conference, Ms. Lam described the government’s work on the bill as “total failure”.
She said that the bill has had been withdrawn completely as the protestors demand it.
This bill has shaken the capital city of Hong Kong. The government, the city, and the people were in unrest for the last two weeks.
Ms. Lam said to reporters “But there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the Legislative Council.”
She added “So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead.”
But previously she said that the bill ‘will die’ in 2020 until the current legislative term ends.
Protesters rejected Lam’s remarks and groups including the Civil Human Rights Front as they vowed to continue demonstrating. Figo Chan Ho-wun who is the vice-convenor of the CHRF said “I urge Carrie Lam not to use words to deceive us. Otherwise, the Civil Human Rights Front will plan our next action.”
Lokman Tsui, who teaches journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong criticized of Lam’s and said “‘Officially dead’ is not a legal or political term. So it’s still unclear whether it is withdrawn, and we can only assume it is not since she still has not said those words.”
A protester who wouldn’t like to give his name except for his surname, Ip said: “She said the bill is dead but in the legislative rules, there is only ‘postpone’ or ‘withdrawal’.” He also added that “I absolutely don’t trust her verbal promises.”