Victory for HK protesters as extradition bill withdrawn

By Doug Mattushek - 04 September 2019Views : 169

After months of protest Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced the shelving of the controversial extradition bill.

The bill, which was introduced in April, would have seen criminal suspects extradited to mainland China. The bill sparked protests, which became a part of daily life in the city.

"The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns," said chief executive Lam.

"Let's replace conflicts with conversations and let's look for solutions. We must find ways to address the discontent in society and to look for solutions.

"No matter what discontentment the people have towards the government or the society, violence is not the way to resolve problems.

"Currently, stopping the violence is the top priority, maintaining the law and rebuilding the rules of society. The government will sternly tackle violence and illegal action."

However, this may not mark the end of protests. Incidents of police brutality have spurred on the protests, who have increased their demands, which include a free independent election to move away from China's grip.