Hong Kong formally withdraws Extradition Bill after nearly 3-month long protest crisis

As reported The Guardian,  by Carrie Lam, Hong Kong leader has formally withdrawn the “extradition bill” which caused months protest.

“Lam said her government would introduce measures to address the cause of the last three months of mass protests, including appointing two new members of a police watchdog agency, holding a series of dialogues, and investigating social problems.” 

The bill would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland China’s opaque legal system. The protests it sparked have since turned into a broader democracy movement that has challenged Beijing’s authority over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

By formally withdrawing the bill, Lam conceded to one of five key demands of the demonstrators, in an effort to de-escalate protest that has become increasingly violent on both sides.

[Source: The Guardian]

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