Hong Kong’s government on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese State. The protests later snowballed into a broader campaign for democratic change, as protesters seek a switch to democracy in Hong Kong, rather than rule by China.
There was no sign the withdrawal of the bill would stop protests.
Hong Kong’s leader had proposed amendments to extradition legislation as a way to resolve a case involving a man wanted for murder in self-ruled Taiwan, who could not be sent to face charges because there was no extradition agreement.
But the proposals sparked widespread fears that residents would be at risk of being sent to mainland China’s Communist Party-controlled courts.
The protests erupted in early June and snowballed into the city’s biggest political crisis in decades, expanding to demands for universal suffrage.
Scrapping the bill meets one of protesters’ five key demands, but activists have vowed not to yield until the government fulfills all of them
Others include the unconditional release of those detained, not labelling the protests as riots, and direct elections for the city’s leader