Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill, protestors skeptical
Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam announced that the government would withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked protests over the past 3 months. The announcement was made in an eight minute, publically broadcasted video on Wednesday.
The extradition bill was originally introduced in April. It allowed suspected criminals to be extradited from Hong Kong to mainland China. Critics of the bill claimed that it threatened Hong Kong’s basic freedoms and that critics of China could be threatened.
Pro-democracy groups feel like Lam’s actions might be too little too late. Joshua Wong, the leader of pro-democracy party Demosisto, tweeted that there were still 4 more demands that needed to be met:
It’s unclear whether or not this will have any effect on the protests in Hong Kong, but hopefully it’s a step in the right direction.