The first demand was the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill. The remaining four are to launch an investigation of alleged police brutality, retract classification of protestors as “rioters,” amnesty of arrested protestors and implementation of universal suffrage.
“After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that this discontentment extends far beyond the bill,” Lam said, acknowledging the other four demands.
“Irrespective of our grievances or the depth of discontentment towards the Government, we cannot agree or accept that violence is a solution to our problems… As such, the Government has to strictly enforce the law against all violent and illegal acts,” Lam continued.
“Let’s replace conflicts with conversations, and lets look for solutions,” she concluded.
Many have openly voiced their skepticism about Lam’s sincerity and reiterated that the four other demands must be met.
2. The intensified police brutality in the previous weeks have left an irreversible scar to the entire HK society. And therefore, at this very moment, when Carrie Lam announced withdrawal, people would not believe it is a ‘sincere’ move.
Carrie’s response comes too late and too little, failing to address our 5 demands. Protests of the past three months have left irreversible scar on #HongKong, especially the esculating #PoliceBrutality. #Democracy, right here and right now, is the only way out.
The withdrawal of the bill is NOT A VICTORY, please dont take this as a victory.
Hong Kong people will keep fighting for freedom and keep protesting.
Please stay with Hong Kong!#StandWithHongKong#SOSHK#HongKongProtest
TOO LATE. Chief Executive Carrie Lam just announced she’ll withdraw the extradition bill. But it’s too little, too late.
In these 3 months: 8 lives lost, 2 terrorist attack, more than thousand arrest, and uncountable injuries made by the police. #HongKongProtest#antiELABpic.twitter.com/gmx4YngurB
IT’S OVER: “Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive formally withdrew the controversial extradition bill that sparked months of tense protests that played out on an international stage…” https://t.co/FzWo5WdEWe