Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has officially announced that her government will withdraw the controversial extradition bill. This is the same bill which was backed by China and ever since its introduction, there have been widespread protests in Hong Kong. We have seen that China had even threatened to use military force in Hong Kong against the protestors.
Also, Carrie Lam earlier refused to withdraw the extradition bill and said that they will postpone the bill. However, the Hong Kong leader has had to back down against the protests that are taking place every weekend in Hong Kong from the past few months.
Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reports that “The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” and it also Carrie Lam saying that “The Secretary for Security will move a motion according to the Rules of Procedure when the Legislative Council resumes.”
Carrie Lam also said that her government will work towards finding the cause behind protests that are taking place in Hong Kong from last three months. The Guardian reports that “appointing two new members of a police watchdog agency, holding a series of dialogues, and investigating social problems,” will be some of the steps taken for this matter.
However, the protests are expected to continue in Hong Kong despite the withdrawal of extradition bill because this is just one demand of the protestors in Hong Kong. The other demands of Hong Kong protestors include “an inquiry into the alleged police brutality, retracting the classification of protesters as “rioters,” amnesty for arrested protesters, and dual universal suffrage for both Legislative Council and Chief Executive.”