Lam says Hong Kong bill is ‘dead’ but unclear if demand met

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses during a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Hong Kong leader apologizes for her handling of unpopular extradition bill, says the city needs hope. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

International Desk:

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the effort to amend an extradition bill is dead but it wasn’t clear if the legislation was being withdrawn as protesters have demanded.

Lam noted there were “lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the Legislative Council.”

But she said at a news conference Tuesday, “I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead.”

Hundreds of thousands of people have protested in the territory for the past month against the extradition law and have expressed their growing fear that Hong Kong was losing the freedoms guaranteed to it when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.unb

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