Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill, protesters skeptical

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.

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Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Meet With Lawmakers Amid Pressure to Withdraw Bill

HONG KONG – Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, is scheduled to meet on Wednesday afternoon with members of her cabinet and pro-Beijing lawmakers as she faces pressure to withdraw the contentious extradition bill that set off months of protests in the city. Mrs.

Hong Kong leader to withdraw extradition bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the controversial extradition bill which triggered months of protests. The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The bill was suspended in June when Ms Lam called it “dead”, but she stopped short of withdrawing it.