MADRID, Sep. 4 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, will announce on Wednesday the withdrawal of the controversial law of extradition to the Chinese mainland, the norm that has provoked the manifestations of the last months against the domination of Beijing and that was suspended in its parliamentary process for the pressure of the mobilizations, according to the newspaper 'South China Morning Post'.
The decision implies that the Government of the former British colony finally agrees to one of the five demands of the protesters, who have been filling the streets of Hong Kong for three months to protest the measure and to show their rejection of Beijing's dominance.
After the pressure of the mass demonstrations, Lam decided on June 15 to suspend the processing of the norm although he did not agree to withdraw it from his parliamentary procedure. The bill imposes the extradition of alleged criminals to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong does not have a treaty, including the Chinese mainland.
The protesters have maintained their protests for three months and maintain that as long as the norm is not withdrawn, the Executive who leads Lam can resume his process at any time to approve it during the current legislative period, which ends in 2020.
Lam initially defended his decision to suspend the process while maintaining the bill and said that the Government has the right to promote that legal text later if it considers it appropriate. One day after the suspension of the processing of the rule, about two million people demonstrated on June 16 in Hong Kong to demand its withdrawal and, since then, the mobilizations have been maintained.
The leader of Hong Kong is scheduled to meet on Wednesday afternoon with allies of the government elite in her official residence, including the 43 parliamentarians of the Assembly of the former British colony.
In addition to the withdrawal of the extradition law, protesters have demanded from the Government the creation of an investigative commission on police repression of protests, an amnesty for detained protesters, the revival of the political reform process and that the authorities leave of defining mobilizations as riots.