The article goes on to say that “The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China … [then] … The bill was suspended in June when Ms Lam called it “dead”, but she stopped short of withdrawing it … [even though, perhaps because] … Full withdrawal is one of five key demands of protesters, who are also calling for full democratic rights … [but] … On Monday, Ms Lam was heard on leaked audio tapes blaming herself for igniting Hong Kong’s political crisis, and saying it was unforgiveable of her to have caused such huge havoc.” I wonder if the “leaked” audiotapes are not part of a deal to make Ms Lam carry all the blame for this and then to retire.
But “Ahead of Ms Lam’s announcement, leading pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said the withdrawal of the bill would be “too little too late” … [and] … In a series of tweets he said all the protesters’ demands had to be met:
The BBC News report also goes on to say that “Demonstrators also want an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality; an amnesty for those arrested and greater political reforms. They also demand that officials stop describing the protests as riots.” I explained, just hours ago, how four of the five demands are easily met and why the fifth should be high on Beijing’s agenda.
This may be the first good news to come out of Hong Kong in months. But some observers think this as a political trick aiming to offset potential impact of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act which has been introduced in the US House of Representatives.