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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the controversial extradition bill which triggered months of protests. The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The bill was suspended in June when Ms Lam called it "dead", but she stopped short of withdrawing it.Full withdrawal is one of five key demands of protesters, who are also calling for full democratic rights.On Monday, Ms Lam was heard on leaked audio tapes blaming herself for igniting Hong Kong's political crisis, and saying it was unforgiveable of her to have caused such huge havoc. Media playback is unsupported on your device The extradition bill quickl...
Hong Kong extradition bill ‘is dead’ says Carrie Lam

Hong Kong extradition bill ‘is dead’ says Carrie Lam

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said the controversial bill that would have allowed extradition to the Chinese mainland "is dead".At a press conference on Tuesday, Ms Lam said the government's work on the bill had been a "total failure".But she stopped short of saying it had been fully withdrawn, and protesters have vowed to continue mass rallies.The bill sparked weeks of unrest in the city and the government had already suspended it indefinitely. "But there are still lingering doubts about the government's sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the Legislative Council," Ms Lam told reporters. "So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead." She had pr...
Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters return to streets despite suspension

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters return to streets despite suspension

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday against a controversial extradition bill, despite a government decision to suspend the bill.The new law, which would have allowed extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China, prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week.Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been "suspended" for the time being.But protest leaders demanded that the bill was scrapped.Some have called on Ms Lam to resign over the unrest.By early Sunday afternoon, large crowds had gathered in the city's Victoria Square, many wearing black or carrying white flowers. Organisers said they hoped more than a million people would attend...
Hong Kong suspends extradition law after protests

Hong Kong suspends extradition law after protests

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Hong Kong's government has suspended a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial after mass protests.The controversial measure has been shelved indefinitely by the embattled territory's chief executive Carrie Lam in response to an angry public backlash. Image: The climbdown by chief executive Carrie Lam came in the face of a deepening crisis Many in the former British colony feared it would further erode legal protections and freedoms promised by Beijing when it took control in 1997.There were also concerns it could be used to target critics of the Chinese regime.The climbdown on the proposal came ahead of a further major opposition rally on Sunday. ...
Hong Kong extradition row: Will it damage its star status?

Hong Kong extradition row: Will it damage its star status?

Business
Changes to Hong Kong's extradition law could hurt the autonomy that has made it one of Asia's main financial hubs.The government is seeking to allow extraditions to mainland China, saying it makes sure Hong Kong remains a "safe city for residents and business".The proposed changes led to widespread protests in Hong Kong this week and sparked some of the worst violence seen there in decades.Many worry that Hong Kong's status as a global financial centre is at risk."The passage of the proposed legislation would undermine Hong Kong's status both as a hub for multinational firm operations and as a global financial centre," said Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank Peterson Institute for International Eco...