Seriously, if she is really "tired" like she said yesterday, just resign from your job as Chief Executive of HK. Absolutely no leadership during this time of crisis, and this is a crisis that she created in the first place (i.e. things would have been solved, LONG LONG TIME AGO, if she withdrawn the bill around June/early July).
The protesters really need to tighten the screws and force the situation, hard..they need to bring it right to the heart of HK island and TST and force her hand, start really upping the ante like they do in Europe.
I was in HK a few weeks back and caught some of the mid-week protests and there is definitely an uneasy feeling that I'd never felt in the previous visits to HK.
How Lam can knowingly stay on in her role, or how she thinks she can, is beyond me..I'd love to know what possessed her to come up with this extradition bill in the first place because it was always going to be a hand grenade issue.
The extradition bill originate from the fact that a HKer killed his girlfriend in Taiwan, then fled back to HK. As-is technically HK gov’t can’t extradite him to Taiwan, and thus, this is the beginning of this mess.
The main problem started as Carrie Lam would not be willing to just expand the extradition treaty to just Taiwan - bc it would otherwise “imply” that Taiwan is separate from China (something that mainland Chinese gov’t won’t ever accept). Thus, when she proposed to expand the extradition treaty, she included Taiwan, Macau, and mainland China.
Not surprisingly, putting mainland China on the list is a huge grenade, and create uncertainties not just among the pan-democracy camp, but also among some businesspeople - bc they are base in HK right now, instead of basing their business in China, only bc they know they have a system in HK to fall back on as it is “rule by law”, instead of the arbitrary, “rule by people” Chinese court. There was a few “concessions” mainly targeting the businesspeople, but not so much the ordinary citizens.
I don’t disagree with you otherwise on the tactic - while the original idea of “spreading the protest to all 18 districts” was suppose to raise awareness, it also make the protest lost its focal point at times. The idea of having battles between police and protesters in the middle of a residential neighborhood create the chaos (and those images of chaos) that you see anyway.
Personally I do advocate taking it directly to the govt every single time, instead of “wasting” energy and resources on those battles far away from where govt really cares (plus govt can also claim how the protesters are “affecting the daily life of others living in that area” as part of their propaganda).
Needless to say, I have certainly never seen “kai fongs” (your local neighborhood residents) everywhere, from lower class neighborhood like Sham Shui Po, to middle class neighborhood like Whampoa Garden and Taikoo Shing, all yelling “hak shue wui” (Cantonese for “black society” aka triads) at the police. Such mistrust would take decades to heal.
The bottom line is, HK is heavily divided, but HK is also still very united.
P.S. How does nobody even step down by now is beyond me - but then, you wonder why the protests get worse and worse - it is exactly bc the govt is not taking any responsibility, and only want to shut down the opposing voice.
IMHO, even if the govt arrest everybody, that is still not going to do squat. There is no path forward for governance anyway. Long term economic effect is dired also - there is no way international business won’t think twice when they invest in HK if all the govt does is just continuing to “shoot the messenger” while not having any intention to solve the problem.