The protests triggered by the amendments of the Fugitive Offenders laws are still unabated entering the 12th week.
Pro-Beijng legislator Michael Tien said on 20 August that according to his sources, the central government has set early September as the “deadline,” to calm the situation in Hong Kong before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1.
Speaking on an RTHK radio program, Tien said he believes the march planned on August 31 is a “golden opportunity,” and the government should respond to parts of people’s demands, including the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry and the withdrawal of the amendments, so that the society can return to calm one month before October 1.
He said the central government would like the world to focus attention on Beijing and not Hong Kong as National Day draws nearer, and it cannot accept hundreds of thousands of people protesting in Hong Kong.
On the eve of 31 August, a number of activists were attacked. The police conducted a mass arrest of activists and legislative/district councillors. March and rally were banned and the occasional heavy rains did not prevent hundreds of thousands of people from hitting the streets to protest. Carrie Lam’s hard-line policies appeared to be non-effective. Will Lam use a dove approach to reverse the situation?
24 pan-Democrat legislators issued a joint letter to President Xi Jinping asking Beijing to restart Hong Kong’s political reform as soon as possible. They described the withdrawal of amendments and the implementation of elections with genuine suffrage are strong and clear demands of the people of Hong Kong.