That’s why millions poured into the streets. The bill was withdrawn, but too late. Pandora’s box had been opened. The genie that emerged was called freedom. Lam, according to an audio tape obtained by Reuters, has conceded that the bill was “very unwise.” Her life, she said, “has been turned upside down.” She’s paralyzed. But she can’t quit. The last thing Xi wants is a precedent for massive street protests leading to the ouster of a leader.