Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive Carrie Lam is officially withdrawing an extradition bill with China after more than three months of sometimes violent protest.
Lam’s concession today will likely do little to quell social discontent.
She refused to discuss dismissing criminal charges against protesters arrested for “rioting,” a charge that can carry a maximum punishment of five years jail time. She also said she would expand an existing police commission to look into allegations of police brutality but would not set up a new, independent body, as protesters have asked. …
Lam sidestepped demands for democratic reforms, saying that “discussions must be undertaken within the legal framework, and in an atmosphere that is conducive to mutual trust and understanding.”