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Hong Kong Suspends Extradition Bill under Pressure

  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has delayed a proposed law for an indefinite time period after millions of protesters marched against the bill. The concerned bill would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. It covered 7 million residents of Hong Kong, Chinese nationals, and foreign nationals. The protesters marched through the Hong Kong street last Sunday and continued demonstrations throughout the week. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and bean bag rounds. This not only put heavy pressure on the Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam but also made the Asian finance hub plunge into turmoil. On Saturday, Lam announced that “after repeated internal deliberations” the Hong Kong “government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise”. She also called for starting the communication “with all sectors of society”, explain more about the extradition issues, and also listen to the wide array of views of the society on the same.