Hong Kong: Extradition bill is dead

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Hong Kong’s leader,Carrie Lam said on Tuesday said that the controversial extradition bill which sparked Hong Kong’s biggest political protests in decades is “dead”.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam went on television on Tuesday to announce there were no plans to reintroduce the bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. She said her government’s work on it had been a “total failure”. 

The bill, which would allow people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, sparked a violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil.

On June 18, Lam apologised publicly in an attempt to put an end to the protests. She made an announcement of the suspension of the bill, but that did little to convince her critics who continued to demonstrate against the planned legislation and called for Lam’s resignation.

She went on to say there are no plans to re-introduce the planned legislation in the future and that “the bill is dead”.

But protesters were quick to pick up on Lam’s use of language. They said Lam still refuses to completely withdraw the bill and that did she not say the legislation would be completely scrapped in the future. 

They went on to say that in Hong Kong’s legislative procedures the word “dead” does not apply to legal proceedings. 

They added “If she still insists on this sort of attitude… we will anticipate more people will come to the streets and demand democracy in Hong Kong”.

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