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'Bill is dead': Hong Kong's Lam after protests

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Published on July 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

'Bill is dead': Hong Kong's Lam after protests

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the extradition bill that's sparked the territory's biggest political crisis in decades is "dead", but for some protesters that's too little, too late.

Michelle Hennessy reports.

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'Bill is dead': Hong Kong's Lam after protests

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG LEADER, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "The bill is dead." The extradition bill that's thrown Hong Kong into a violent crisis - is dead.

That's according to Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday (July 9), who also admitted the government's handling of it had been a "total failure".

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG LEADER, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "So my sincere plea is, please give us the opportunity, the time, the room, for us to take Hong Kong out of the current impasse." Lam already announced the suspension of the bill in June - and that failed to appease its critics.

They have a list of demands, including its total withdrawal, and her resignation.

Lam's latest attempt to get protesters off the street is also falling flat.

Activists quickly shrugged off her comments, doubling down on demands that it's officially withdrawn.

The mass protests against the bill have triggered Hong Kong's worst political turmoil in decades.

It's seen marches through the city, a ransacking of its legislative council, and sent tear gas billowing through the financial hub.

The next chapter in the protests is still unclear.

Beijing has called it an "undisguised challenge" to the way Hong Kong's been run since it was handed back to Chinese rule.

And while Lam says she's agreed to an open dialogue with students, she reaffirmed her position on Tuesday against many of the demands protesters still have - including her resignation.

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