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[THREAD] Over the past weeks I’ve met a few #HongKong politicians in the pro-Beijing / centrist camp on the #antiELAB protest.

One message I’ve consistently received is that many of them are pushing Carrie Lam to respond to protesters’ top 2 demands.

A senior pro-Beijing lawmaker told me she is “furious” that Lam has missed every single chance to defuse the crisis, and most in the pro-Beijing camp are aware it cannot resolve the crisis peacefully without meeting SOME of the 5 demands.
She also said her party believes there are “no political risks” involved for the #extraditionbill’s full withdrawal now.

According to a source in the centrist camp with close ties to the govt, Carrie Lam’s refusal to fully withdraw the #extraditionbill is merely a “face” problem
The “centrist” source said Carrie Lam’s gov’t has considered setting up an independent commission of inquiry, but is concerned that if they announce it in the middle of the crisis, @hkpoliceforce may lose morale as "violence" from protesters escalates.
@hkpoliceforce In total, three pro-Beijing / centrist sources told me they realise they need to meet with protesters mid-way.

PS - I got these from several "on background" discussions with three sources that I consider to be credible, but I am unable to independently verify their authenticity
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