HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s apologies and explanations for a doomed extradition bill have failed to quell political tension and her departure is now seen by many in the Chinese-ruled city as merely a matter of time in a drawn-out, long goodbye.
On Tuesday, Lam described the bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong, with its cherished rule of law, to be sent to mainland China for trial and pave the way for assets to be confiscated, as “dead”.
Activists - Protest - Groups - Words - Demands
But activists and protest groups said they could not trust her words and are increasing demands for her to officially withdraw the bill and step down.
And they are vowing further action, after weeks of huge and at times violent street protests that have plunged the city into its worst crisis since Britain handed it back to Chinese rule in 1997.
Saturday - Groups - Message - Traders - New
On Saturday, some groups will spread their message to mainland traders in a New Territories village near the city’s border with China – a step seen as a further provocation of Communist Party leaders in Beijing.
And while Lam, a self-styled “Iron Lady”, has vowed to stay on, her latest statements have only fueled speculation that she has already offered to quit.
Demands - Years - Term - Lam - Thing
When asked about whether she would honor demands that she resign just two years into her first five-year term, Lam said that it was “not a simple thing for a CE (chief executive) to step down”.
“I myself still have the passion and undertaking to service Hong Kong people,” Lam said.
Analysts - Lam - Statement - Sign - Resignation
For some analysts, Lam’s statement was a sign that she may have already tendered her resignation. But Beijing will only let her go when the time is right.
“It is more complex than ordinary people assume… You can’t just quit when you like and walk away when it comes to...
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