The decision to include in one of the five main demands of the protesters marks a dramatic twist on Lam, who has for months refused to withdraw the bill.
"We need to find ways to deal with public dissatisfaction and find solutions," Lam said in a video statement Wednesday night. "After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that this discontent extends far beyond the law."
But Lam declined to give cause for four other demands by protesters, including greater democracy for the city and an independent Commission on Police Conduct, saying that all investigations would be conducted by the existing Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCC). .
Instead, she announced the accession of a former education bureau chief and former judge to the IPCC. Lam said the government's priority now is to restore law and order in Hong Kong. "Let's replace conflicts with conversations and look for solutions," she said.
In recent weeks, the tactics of protesters have become increasingly violent as young people feel that the government is refusing to consider their demands.
Pro-Beijing MP Michael Tien stated that Lam's withdrawal may not lead to their anger. "I believe the withdrawal of the bill … may be too late because this movement has become more than a bill," he said.
Lam did not resign
In a speech to reporters Tuesday, Lam said she had "not considered resigning" with her superiors from the continent. on the record, Lam can hear that the bill "is not something instructed by the central government."
if I have the choice, the first thing is to give up by making a deep apology, "she said." We were not sensitive enough to sense and grasp the tremendous amount of fear and anxiety among Hong Kong people relative to mainland China. "[19659002""FortheCEOtocausethishugechaosinHongKongisunforgivable"Lamadded
This may remain the opinion of many Hong Kong people even after the bill was formally withdrawn. Many will wonder why it took three months of unprecedented unrest, violence and damage to the city's economy for the government to upgrade the bill from "suspended" to "withdrawn", though it has repeatedly insisted that there will be no future and no introduction again.
Lam can hope that this move will put a lid on protests before October 1, when China celebrates National Day and celebrates 70 years of the People's Republic.
But whether this will be so remains uncertain,
"The nature of the protest movement has been transformed over the last 13 weeks," says Adam Ni, a researcher in China at the Macquarie University in Sydney.
"It will have to take further steps, such as establishing an independent investigation into police behavior. If it does not take further steps, then we can expect protests to continue."