Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that has triggered months of violent protests, and thrown the Chinese-ruled city into its worst crisis in decades.
“The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” Ms Lam said in a video statement released via her office.
Earlier, the announcement was made in an internal meeting with pro-establishment lawmakers and Hong Kong delegates of China’s National People’s Congress.
The protests against the bill in the former British colony began in March but escalated in June and have since evolved into a push for greater democracy on the island.
The bill would have allowed extraditions to mainland China where courts are controlled by the Communist Party.
However, it is not immediately clear if the bill’s withdrawal would help end the unrest with immediate reaction appearing sceptical.
There has also been widespread resentment at perceived police brutality with the number of arrests conn9with the protests at 1,183 at the latest count – with some quarters calling for an independent inquiry.
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