Extradition bill deemed a “total failure” according to Hong Kong chief executive



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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(Hong Kong – July 10, 2019) On Tuesday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the bill that would allow residents to be extradited to China is dead.

Work on the legislation was deemed a “total failure," according to her.

Initial news about the legislation sparked massive protests against the government. Many experts believe the bill would give the Chinese Communist Party easier access to dissidents taking advantage of Hong Kong’s laws for freedom and protection.

In mid-June, ChinaAid reported how Lam responded to protests by suspending the legislation, but indicated at the time lawmakers would listen to criticism and mold the bill for improvement.

Some demonstrators remain unconvinced about Lam’s recent announcement and will continue to protest.

Fox News writes how opposition leaders continue to ask for the formal withdrawal of the bill and call for an investigation into the brutal tactics police demonstrated against protesters.

According to protest leaders Jimmy Sham and Bonnie Leung, as cited in Fox News,
“We cannot find the word 'dead' in any of the laws in Hong Kong or in any legal proceedings in the Legislative Council...how can the government tell us what we should preserve our rule of law, when [Lam] herself does not use the principle of the rule of law?"
Both say Lam has not directly spoken to protestors despite claiming to have met their demands. Lam, who faces calls to resign as Hong Kong’s chief executive, remains resolute in her job.

“I myself still have the passion and undertaking to service Hong Kong people,” she says.

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