However, protesters aren’t satisfied. When asked in a recent interview with CNN, Nathan Law, a pro-democracy activist who was a student leader during the 2014 Umbrella Revolution and helped found the political party Demosistō, declared:
“Our demand is very clear. We want her (Carrie Lam) to retreat the bill, instead of suspending it.”
“And secondly, we want a full investigation on the police brutality on Wednesday because the police were using way too much brutality and forces towards the peaceful protesters,” he added. “It is important for us to fight back justice, not only for the bill but for the people who are injured in the incident.”
Below you can read some more excerpts from his interview with Christiane Amanpour:
Do you think it is a real existential test for Hong Kong? That if this bill somehow gets through, it’s kind of the end of the Hong Kong as we know it?
Definitely, the bill indeed poses a lot of threat to every single one of us. In 2015, there were five booksellers in Hong Kong that were cross border abducted back to mainland China from Hong Kong and from Thailand. They were forced to confess on TV, and we all considered it political suppression.
If this law is passed, then this kind of cross border abduction will be legalized and normalized, and Hong Kong people, not only political dissidents but reporters reporting sensitive news in China, preachers that preach in mainland China or train the mainland churches and so on, you name it. These people could be extradited because the Communist Party don’t like them. So it is a very important bill that we must stop.
Do you think that there are people who are talking about a mass exodus? Is there talk now of people… young people particularly, abandoning the city state?
I think, on the contrary, there have been a lot of people, more than millions of people marching down the streets. A majority of them are young people. They come out not because they are losing hope, but they are, like, having hope to safeguard the city, and they wanted to safeguard the liberty and freedom of their hometown. I can see a lot of energy and forward looking mindset of them, so I think the affluence and proseperity of Hong Kong, if we keep going, keep fighting for that, these things could happen in the future.
The US Secretary of State has said that President Trump will bring up this issue with President Xi at the G20, which is not so long from now. What do you think the US can do? What do you hope that President Trump will say?
I think protecting Hong Kong’s rule of law and autonomy is also beneficial for US in preserving its intersests. I expect that President Trump is not only taking about trade or economy. They would talk about values and they would talk about freedom and rule of law, and these things are the reasons why Hong Kong could be very successful in terms of being a financial hub and being one of the most advanced international city.