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Hong Kong suspends China extradition bill following mass protests

Hong Kong protestors
Hong Kong protestors

Carrie Lam, a pro-Beijing politician from Hong Kong, has shelved plans to pass a contentious extradition proposal, caving to opposition that saw mass demonstrations on the streets and conflicts with police.

In and around Lung Wo Road, a major east-west motorway passing close the embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam headquarters, protesters also gathered on Wednesday. Hundreds of policemen, many carrying riot gear and fitted with batons and shirts of plastic, ready to prevent the progress of the crowd.

Lam informed a Saturday press conference that she was going to stop all job on the proposal. Before choosing how to continue, her administration will now conduct consultations with multiple sides.

Hong Kong Police face off with protesters during recent demonstrations, June 12, 2019
Hong Kong Police face off with protesters during recent demonstrations, June 12, 2019 © AFP / Anthony Wallace

The bill would have allowed Hong Kong’s, foreign, and Chinese nationals living and visiting the territory to extradite to mainland China. However, it has faced months of criticism from legal and business bodies over fears that the status of the city as a financial hub would be threatened.

Chinese representatives confirmed that the state of Hong Kong will proceed to be supported. Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, constantly said Beijing supports the extradition proposal during a media conference on Wednesday and advised against interference in Hong Kong’s national politics.

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