HONG KONG’s chief executive Carrie Lam is planning to press ahead with changes to its extradition laws despite huge protests.
Ms Lam told journalists the legislation — which will allow Hong Kong to send people to mainland China to face charges — will help the territory ‘uphold justice’ and ‘fulfil its international obligations’.
Hundreds of thousands marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday amid fears over China’s control of the semi-autonomous territory.
Ms Lam denied taking orders from China’s Communist Party-ruled central government. ‘I have not received any instruction or mandate from Beijing to do this bill,’ she said.
‘We were doing it — and we are still doing it — out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong.’