Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam’s suspension of the extradition bill does not seem to have assuaged the anger of Hong Kong residents. Huge crowds collected in the Victoria Square of the city on Sunday afternoon donning black clothes and holding white flowers. The crowd moved in slow progress holding placards which stated that the students did not riot as a rejoinder to the police categorizing the Wednesday protests by students as riot. The march led to the blocking of major streets and creating huge throngs at train stations. The late evening hours led to the crowds engulfing the legislative council building.
There were chants from the protestors all throughout asking the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Ms. Carrie Lam to resign.
In response, the government promised a more empathetic attitude from the chief executive but it seems to have had little effect on the protestors who want the bill to be scrapped. In any case, Ms Lam’s resignation will not really be the solution as the next leader will also be elected by the blessings of the Beijing government. Carrie Lam continues to be supported by the Beijing government.
Hong Kong is a part of China though it enjoys legislative, judicial and economic independence. This autonomy has enabled it to flourish as a popular business center. However, it will not be freed of the Chinese pressure.
The extradition bill is purported to prevent criminals taking refuge in Hong Kong but residents think otherwise. They fear that the extradition bill would be used for political purposes by the Chinese government and could also lay bare the Hong Kong residents to the imperfect judicial system of China.
The huge march organized on Sunday included about one million protestors. They remind one of similar protests organized in 2003 which led to the downfall of the disliked chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa.