Breaking: Xi Relents – Hong Kong Government Withdraws Bill that Sparked Protests
XZi relents — Hong Kong government withdraws controversial bill that sparked weeks of mass protests.
Hong Kong officially kills controversial extradition bill as China ‘plans to replace Carrie Lam’ https://t.co/tcl1fggo31
— PJ Singh (@TheRealPJSingh) October 23, 2019
Hong Kong authorities have withdrawn an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests. https://t.co/mDUi7LuViS
— CBC News (@CBCNews) October 23, 2019
The AP reported:
Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change.
Secretary for Security John Lee told the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s legislature that the government suspended the bill because it had resulted in “conflicts in society.”
In order to clearly spell out the government’s position, “I formally announce the withdrawal of the bill,” Lee told lawmakers. Pro-democracy lawmakers immediately tried to question him, but he refused to respond.
There are no signs that the withdrawal of the bill will dampen the protests, now in their fifth month. The rallies have snowballed into the city’s biggest political crisis in decades, expanding to demands for universal suffrage and an investigation into allegations of police abuses, most recently including the spraying of a mosque and bystanders with high-pressure blue-dyed water from an urban assault vehicle.