Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong Dissidents Win One Demand-Now There's Four More to Go

Hong Kong Dissidents Win One Demand-Now There's Four More to Go

My concern, rather, is by withdrawing the bill, is laying foundation for Carrie Lam to put forward something called emergency regulation, which is totally unchecked, which is totally a very piece of - powerful piece of legislation that empowers the chief executive - that is Carrie Lam, of course - to make any regulation to restrict basic freedoms, including to ban freedom of assembly.

Protesters also filled online forums with a slogan often chanted at demonstrations: "Five key demands, not one less".

Lam announced the move in a televised address Wednesday, after a meeting with pro-establishment politicians including local legislators and the city's representatives to national legislative bodies. It wasn't until June that a formal protest movement got off the ground with marches that brought millions into Hong Kong's streets.

"Our foremost priority now is to end violence, to safeguard the rule of law and to restore order and safety in society", she added, vowing to "strictly enforce the law against all violent and illegal acts".

A protester in front of a barricade set on fire in the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong on 31 August.

An intervention by Chinese troops could seriously damage Hong Kong's standing as a stable worldwide financial centre and a gateway for global capital flowing into the world's second-largest economy.

On Wednesday, Lam maintained that the IPCC study was the way to go.

She said two senior officials would join an existing inquiry into police conduct during the protests.

Demonstrators are demanding a complete withdrawal of the bill, a fully independent probe into police behaviour, amnesty for those arrested, universal suffrage and a halt to the characterisation of protests as "riots".

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said its chairman, John Slosar, resigned Wednesday, less than a month after its CEO, Rupert Hogg, stepped down following pressure by Beijing over participation by some of the carrier's employees in protests.

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Lam has faced growing pressure as the protests have escalated, with increasingly violent clashes between police and demonstrators. However, the protests have continued, with activists facing off with the police on the streets.

"It won't pacify everybody but hopefully it would clear remaining doubt in the minds of some of the peaceful protesters", she said.

Videos showing the man being apprehended by the police in the station have been widely shared on social media with protest groups and activists saying it is evidence of police brutality. "Otherwise the protests will keep going", he said.

Following Lam's announcement, convener of the city legislature's pro-democracy camp Claudia Mo said at a press conference that Lam's "so-called concession, has come too little too late".

Joshua Wong is a pro-democracy activist.

"The movement has evolved into a movement that fights for autonomy, democracy and also preserving our way of life and restricting the excessive power of the police".

"Whether the impact will be a huge one or not, I'm not sure - would have to wait and see", Chung said.

Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule.

What is the bill about?

If it were to become law, the measure would have permitted criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

Analysts say Beijing will find a way to repress protests by that deadline, though Lam said in a leaked audio recording reported by Reuters that there is no such deadline and that Beijing has no plans to deploy the People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong.

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