Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to Withdraw Extradition Bill After Months of Protests

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Hours ago, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced her intent to withdraw the Chinese extradition bill. The extradition bill would have allowed the Chinese government to extradite Hong Kong citizens accused of felonies to mainland China. Immediately following the bill’s creation, citizens of Hong Kong organized in mass protests with over 1 million of the country’s 7 million citizens participating. Now after three months of protests, the Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced the withdrawal of the extradition bill stating that “[the protest’s] lingering violence is damaging the very foundations of our society.” Lam specifically referenced how protesters “attacked the central government’s office in Hong Kong.” Continuing, the Hong Kong leader says her “foremost priority is to end violence… and to restore order and safety in society”. One of the leaders of the protesters has responded saying the bill’s withdrawal is “Too little, too late.”

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBcPWu84mSs
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/08/asia/hong-kong-extradition-bill-protest-intl/index.html
  3. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests/hong-kong-leader-pulls-extradition-bill-but-too-little-too-late-say-some-idUSKCN1VP05B

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