tirsdag 30. juli 2019

Hong Kong protests: government unlikely to change its mind on inquiry into extradition bill clashes

People close to the Hong Kong government have been exploring the possibility of launching an independent inquiry into the recent clashes between protesters and police over Hong Kong’s now-abandoned extradition bill, the Post has learned. But a source familiar with the situation said the chance of a government U-turn was slim, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor caught between growing public demands for a commission of inquiry and the police force’s strong opposition to it.

A Beijing source closely monitoring developments in Hong Kong said the central government was open to the idea of formally investigating the actions of both protesters and police. But if such a commission was put in place, Beijing would want it to be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, the source said.