Hong Kong announces withdrawal of extradition bill


Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has officially announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill which has in the last three months led the city into its worst political crisis in decades.

Lam made the announcement in an internal meeting with pro-establishment lawmakers and Hong Kong delegates of China’s National People’s Congress.

The bill would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland China for trial. The protests it sparked have since turned into a broader democracy movement that has challenged Beijing’s authority over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.


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