Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests

World News

September 4, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to the media during a press conference at the Central Government Offices Tuesday in Hong Kong, China. GETTY IMAGES/CHRIS MCGRATH/TNS

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced today the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters’ demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest.

But lawmakers warned that the bill’s withdrawal was not enough to end the turmoil, which has increasingly focused on alleged police brutality against protesters and democratic reforms. A youth activist also rejected the move as insincere and warned it could be a precursor to a clampdown.

The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. It has prompted massive protests since June that disrupted transport links and caused the airport to shut down earlier this month.

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