The Hong Kong government seems forced to suspend the offer of a law on extradition to mainland China that has caused widespread anger and violent protests, with leader Kari Lam planning to address the press on Saturday, local media reported.
Support for the swift adoption of the controversial bill on extradition began to collapse on Friday with several Propekian politicians and senior advisor to Lam, who said the bill had to be postponed for the time being.
About one million people, according to protestors, passed through Hong Kong last Sunday to oppose the bill. The International Finance Center was shaken by political violence on Wednesday, as tens of thousands of protesters were scattered by riot police, firing tear gas and rubber coatings. A second reading of the bill was postponed.
Another round of protests is scheduled for this Sunday.
The extradition bill will allow the Hong Kong Executive Director to send suspected offenders to places where the site does not have official documents. extradition agreement.
It will apply to residents of Hong Kong and to foreign and Chinese citizens who live or travel to the city to be sent to mainland China and are very concerned that it could endanger the rule of law at the heart of Hong Kong's international financial situation. 1
Hong Kong's iCable, the South Korean Morning Post (SCMP), Sing Tao newspaper, now TV, TVB, and RTHK announced that the bill would be suspended or postponed. TVB and iCable said Lam will hold a press conference Saturday afternoon. Lam, who has been appointed by a panel of loyalists from Beijing, has so far refused to give up the bill, despite the monthly criticism from business and legal entities and in the face of massive demonstrations.
The calls to Lam's office also remained unanswered outside the opening hours. Lam has not appeared publicly or has not commented since Wednesday. Hong Kong media reported that Lam will meet pro-Beijing lawmakers to explain the upcoming announcement.
The refusal to run the bill in July in the city would be inconceivable last week when the adoption of the law seemed inevitable.
But on Friday, she faces rising calls from her own political camp to reverse the course and curb spiraling public anger.
However, Michael Tien, a member of the Hong Kong legislature and a member of the national parliament of China,
"The amendment is backed by the central government, so I think the withdrawal will send a political message that the central government is wrong. will not happen in "one country, two systems," "he told Reuters, citing the model in which Hong Kong enjoys semi-autonomy.
Despite the chattering that the government will break the bill, the organizers of the protest march last Sunday were faced with plans for a further march
Tian, a member of the Propecanal camp, this Sunday. In addition to opposing the bill, they said they would also call for police accountability for the way protests are handled.
Lam said the extradition law was necessary to prevent criminals from using Hong Kong as a hiding place and that human rights would be protected by the city court, which would decide on extradition on a case-by-case basis.
Critics, including leading lawyers and rights groups, note that the Chinese judiciary is controlled by the Communist Party and tortured and confessed, arbitrary detention and poor access to lawyers
The protest last Sunday in the former a British colony was the biggest political demonstration after its return to the Chinese government in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" agreement. The agreement guarantees Hong Kong's special autonomy, including freedom of assembly, free press and independent judiciary.
Many have blamed China for significant interference since then, including hindering democratic reforms, interfering with the elections, and disappearing five Hong Kong-based bookstores that started in 2015 that specialized in criticism of Chinese leaders.
Beijing has denied that it has overcome in Hong Kong.
The extradition bill has forced some of the tycoons in Hong Kong to start moving offshore wealth personally, according to financial advisors, bankers and lawyers familiar with the details.