China "understands, respects and supports" my government's move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures that hopefully would help the city "move forward" from months of unrest, says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Thursday.
While addressing a press conference, Lam was repeatedly asked on why it took her so long to withdraw the bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China despite increasingly violent protests. "It is not exactly correct to describe this as a change of mind," she answered. Lam added that she had Beijing’s support behind her decision for full withdrawal of the bill.
On the other hand demonstrators were still pressing the government to fulfill all their demands. They also called for an independent inquiry behind police manhandling during protests.