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Hong Kong Extradition Bill Withdrawn
Sep 5, 2019 at 11:42 PM

The Quick Facts

  • On September 4th, 2019, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trial.
  • Lam also appointed two new members to an independent police conduct commission, promised more direct communication with the community, and called for an "independent examination" of societal problems.
  • The controversial extradition bill sparked months of massive, increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong. Lam's withdrawal announcement addressed one of the key demands of Hong Kong protestors, but four demands remain.
  • The other protester demands include: 1) an independent inquiry into alleged policy misconduct; 2) amnesty for arrested protestors; 3) a government edict against describing the protests as "riots"; and 4) the right of Hong Kong citizens to elect their own political leaders.

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The New York Times

Hong Kong’s Leader Bends to Protests. But It May Not Break the Movement.

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The Guardian

Beijing's Hong Kong compromise is surely too little, too late

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South China Morning Post

Extradition bill withdrawal is only first step on road to reconciliation in Hong Kong

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China Daily

Elites, inequality are HK's real problem

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