Hong Kong leader announces the WITHDRAWAL of hated extradition bill following three months of protests

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

Carrie Lam has announced the formal withdrawal of Hong Kong’s extradition bill
The bill would have allowed Hong Kong citizens to be sent to China to face trial
Hong Kong police fired beanbag rounds in late night skirmishes with protesters

4 September 2019

Hong Kong is scrapping the hated extradition bill which has sparked months of protests and violence in the city.

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the bill’s withdrawal at a meeting with lawmakers today and confirmed it in a public statement in which she called for dialogue with protesters but refused to meet several other demands.

The bill, which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, sparked angry protests which have since mushroomed into a wider rebellion and demands for more democracy.

Dropping the bill was one of protesters’ five demands, but they also want arrested protesters to be released, Lam to resign, an inquiry held into police brutality and the government to stop referring to the protests as ‘riots’.

Today Hong Kong’s stock market soared on the news but some protesters dismissed the gesture as ‘too little, too late’.

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