Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam has personally apologised for the extradition law calamity to the people of her city, and hinted that she had effectively shelved the controversial law that sparked the current crisis.
In her first press conference since record crowd of “two million” poured on to the streets of Hong Kong’s to denounce Lam, the bureaucrat-turned-politician described going through an emotional period of “self-reflection”, and said she hoped to heal rifts in society.
Lam refused to fully meet any of the protesters’ requests for her to resign, withdraw her extradition law, and apologise both for police brutality and for describing one protest as a riot.
The city’s leader refused to resign, saying she wanted another chance to rebuild people’s trust in the government. She also insisted that the extradition law should be left on the books until it legally expired in just over a year as Lam stopped short of meeting protesters’ demands to scrap the bill, but said legislative work on it had been “stopped immediately” and there was no timetable to resume.
“If we don’t have confidence from the people, we will not proceed with the legislative exercise again,” Lam said. “The effect is that the bill will lapse and the … government accepts that reality.”
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