Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor gave her strongest pledge yet on Tuesday morning when she declared the highly unpopular extradition bill that sparked several mass protests was “dead”, changing from an earlier script that it “will die” in 2020.
However, whether it was effectively withdrawn – as demanded by protesters – remained unclear. Even as she gave this pledge, Lam stood firm on not setting up a top-level probe into clashes between police and protesters.
She said the Independent Police Complaints Council would be launching an investigation, and that all parties involved in the demonstrations, including protesters, police, media and onlookers, could provide information.
The chief executive reiterated that the government did not treat a protest on June 12, during which there were violent clashes between police and protesters, as a riot. She added what she and the police chief said on the day would not affect the Department of Justice’s prosecution work.
Lam admitted the public’s trust in the government was fragile.
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