Hong Kong Leader Announces Withdrawal of Extradition Bill That Sparked Protest Movement
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that has triggered the largest protests in the city’s history.
Lam’s announcement was made in a pre-recorded television address just before 6 p.m. local time on Sept. 4.
“The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” Lam said in her address, adding that the city was in a “highly vulnerable and dangerous” place and should come together to find solutions.
The withdrawal, a key demand of protesters, came after months of unrest as the government repeatedly refused to back down—igniting sometimes violent clashes with police and resulting in the arrests of more than 1,000 protesters.
Many are furious at perceived police brutality and the number of arrests—1,183 at the latest count—and want the city government to establish an independent commission to probe instances of police violence.