Hong Kong bill that ignited protests is withdrawn

“Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam has finally fully withdrawn a controversial bill that allowed extradition to mainland China and sparked three months of dramatic protests in the financial hub,” as CNN is reporting.

“The decision to cave into one of protesters’ five core demands marked a dramatic U-turn for Lam, who for months has refused to withdraw the bill.

“‘We must find ways to address the discontent in society and look for solutions,’ Lam said in a video statement Wednesday evening. ‘After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that this discontentment extends far beyond the bill.’

“But Lam refused to give ground on protesters’ four other demands, including greater democracy for the city and an independent commission into police conduct, saying all investigations would be carried out by the existing Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC).”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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