Hong Kong Special Region Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday that she will propose the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill after 14 weeks of mass protests.
In a televised appearance, Lam added that she will also investigate police behavior during the protests, thus meeting another of the five demands of the protesters, according to the BBC.
Protests began in June following the announcement of a bill that would allow Hong Kong citizens to be extradited for trial in mainland China under the opaque judicial system of Beijing’s communist totalitarian regime.
Millions of people took to the streets peacefully calling for the complete withdrawal of the bill.
Over the course of the weeks there were some violent clashes between individuals, believed to be acting under the orders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with the aim of sowing chaos, and the police who began to violently repress the protests and arrest hundreds of activists.
In this context, the demands of activists were extended to five:
- Complete withdrawal of the bill
- Resignation of Carrie Lam from Hong Kong Executive Management
- Investigation of police brutality
- The release of all detainees
- Universal suffrage and real democracy
The measures announced by the Hong Kong leader satisfy only some of these demands, which did not convince the demonstrators.
Demosisto activist Agnes Chow said on Twitter that “it is too late” for this withdrawal of the law and recalled that, in these three months, eight people have committed suicide, three others have lost their sight due to police violence, and more than 1,000 people have been arrested.
“Even after the revised bill has been withdrawn, the people of Hong Kong will continue to live under violent repression. So, if we don’t rebel, Hong Kong will become an increasingly difficult place to live,” Chow said.
“We have 5 demands. We will continue the struggle,” added the young woman.
Adam Ni, a Chinese researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, said the announcement comes “too little too late” for Hong Kong, Aljazeera reported.
“It will have minimal effects on public sentiments and how they view her government and her political masters in Beijing,” Ni added.