Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Announces Withdrawal Of Controversial Extradition Bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill that sparked months of anti-government protests.

The Beijing-backed leader made the announcement in a pre-recorded televised statement on Wednesday.

The controversial bill would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, and scrapping of  the bill was one of the main demands of the pro-democracy movement in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

“The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” Lam said in the video statement released via her office.

After millions of people took to the streets, Lam declared the bill was “dead” but angered protesters by repeatedly refusing to formally withdraw it.

As protests continued, the movement evolved into a much broader campaign to include demands for an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality against the protesters, and an amnesty for those arrested.

Another demand was for people in Hong Kong to be able to directly elect their leaders, which is seen as a major red line for Beijing.

In her remarks, however, Lam said the government would not accept other demands, including the independent inquiry on alleged police brutality. She named, however, two new members to a police watchdog agency investigating the matter.

Source : Various