Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday afternoon is expected to formally announce the full and final withdrawal of the extradition bill.
The formal rejection of this legislative initiative is a key requirement of the participants in the protests, which lasted three months in the city. Earlier, Lam agreed to remove the less popular bill from the current agenda, calling it “dead,” but the demonstrators demanded that the bill be completely and irrevocably withdrawn from parliament.
It is expected that the head of the executive branch will announce this step at a meeting with members of his administration and pro-government legislators, scheduled for 16:00 local time. According to observers, this will be an important step towards resolving the acute domestic political crisis in this special administrative region of China.
In total, the protesters put forward five demands, seeking a complete and irrevocable revocation of the extradition law, convening an independent commission to investigate police actions, release all detained protesters, stop classifying them as “riots”, and electoral reform to introduce direct democratic elections in Hong Kong.
Three months ago, massive protests broke out here against a bill initiated by local authorities, which aims to establish a mechanism for the extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China to prosecute people suspected of violating Chinese laws or wanted.