Pedestrians in Hong Kong watch a televised address by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on September 4 in which she announced that she would formally withdraw the extradition bill. Photo: AFP

Carrie Lam’s limp olive branch to Hong Kong protesters cannot do what an independent commission of inquiry can

  • Neither the Independent Police Complaints Council nor the platform for studying the causes of the social unrest can address troubling issues that have arisen during the protests
  • Lam should announce an independent commission of inquiry on the condition that protesters back down
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Pedestrians in Hong Kong watch a televised address by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on September 4 in which she announced that she would formally withdraw the extradition bill. Photo: AFP
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Protesters gather for a rally in Victoria Park on August 18. The main issue driving the peaceful marches involving millions may be the increasing “mainlandisation” of Hong Kong, instead of housing. Photo: AFP
Markus Shaw
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Opinion

Markus Shaw

China broke its promises to Hong Kong. That’s why the protest movement is back with a vengeance

  • Beijing has not really let Hong Kong people rule Hong Kong, contrary to the principle underpinning the Basic Law. When dissent is suppressed without resolving the underlying issue, protest just emerges in another form

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Protesters gather for a rally in Victoria Park on August 18. The main issue driving the peaceful marches involving millions may be the increasing “mainlandisation” of Hong Kong, instead of housing. Photo: AFP
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