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Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition Bill

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has withdrawn an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a “highly vulnerable and dangerous” place and find solutions. “Lingering violence is damaging the very foundations of our society, especially the rule of law,” Lam said as she sat with her hands folded on a desk in front of her. The withdrawal, a key demand of protesters, came after unrest that drove the former British colony to the edge of anarchy as the government repeatedly refused to back down, igniting pitched battles across the city of seven million, the arrests of more than 1,000 protesters, and leaving a society deeply divided.

Many are furious about perceived police brutality and the number of arrests (1,183) and want an independent inquiry.  “The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” Lam said. “I pledge that the government will seriously follow up the recommendations of the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Council) report.  The protests began in March but snowballed in June and have since evolved into a push for greater democracy for the city. The bill would have allowed extraditions to mainland China where courts are controlled by the Communist Party.

 

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