Hong Kong agrees to withdraw extradition bill

Staff Writer | Sep 05, 2019
After weeks of protests by huge numbers of people in Hong Kong, the government of the Chinese special administrative region has said it will withdraw the extradition bill which had sparked the revolt.

The bill would have allowed for the extradition of people accused of crimes in mainland China, which some in Hong Kong feared would end much of the freedom and autonomy of the city.

After the initial protests, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam had declared that the bill was ‘dead’, but had refused to say it would be withdrawn.

This led to continued enthusiasm for the protests, which now support a list of five demands – such as ‘genuine universal suffrage’ – that go far beyond the protesters’ original narrow goals.

Hong Kong is now in its 14th week of demonstrations and it is unclear what effect the withdrawal of the extradition bill will have on the protests.

 

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