Hong Kong Protests: Chief Executive Carrie Lam Issues Warning
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam amidst the ongoing situation in the country, claimed to take strict action against all involved in the peaceful protests, despite their pleas and arguments. As the current protests begin to expand its root, there is a high possibility that the city might re-experience the Umbrella Revolution held in 2014.
Following the announcement to ignore the protests and move ahead with the bill, the city is preparing to come together for more protests, including strikes, transport go-slows and even picnics. The protests are being held to oppose the recently introduced extradition law that will increase the involvement of Beijing in the internal affairs of Hong Kong, adversely affecting their lives and basic rights.
Carrie Lam is on a wonderful path to disrupt the democracy of Hong Kong, as the bill is set to appear for a second round discussion before 70-seat Legislative Council of the city. It won’t be wrong to believe that the council might pass the bill as it comprises of a majority of pro-Beijing members.
While the extradition bill was introduced with a pretext of sending a Hong Kong citizen to Taiwan, where he allegedly killed his girlfriend, pro-democracy citizens of Hong Kong soon revealed the true motives behind the plan. According to them, the bill in reality will allow China to interfere and extradite their political enemies from Hong Kong by imposing false accusations.
Carrie Lam has warned people about the consequences of their protests and asked them to think twice about participating in them.
“I call on schools, parents, institutions, corporations, unions to consider seriously if they advocate these radical actions,” Lam said.
Around 2,000 small business owners, tutorial schools, law firms, small hotels, social workers and nearly 4,000 teachers are also expected to participate in the protests. Similarly, the associated staff union asked its members to drive slowly with a speed of 20-25 km/h (12-15 mp/h) as a sign of protest against the law. Around 10,000 people have also responded to a post asking to have a picnic, nearby the government offices on Wednesday morning.
It won’t be wrong to say that the approach of chief executive Carrie Lam might be anti-democratic and against the ideology of what Hong Kong stands for. Also, the government might need to think twice before taking actions on the protests and approving any law that violates the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong.
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