Report: Hong Kong Officially Withdraws Extradition Bill

Hong Kong officially withdrew an extradition bill Wednesday after it prompted months of ongoing protests and wider calls for pro-democracy changes.

Hong Kong formally withdraws an extradition bill which has prompted massive, pro-democracy demonstrations across the area for months.

Hong Kong lawmakers formally withdrew the bill on Wednesday, according to both The Associated Press and Reuters.

The bill would have mandated certain Hong Kong suspects be sent to mainland China for trials, sparking outrage over concerns involving possible torture and unfair proceedings.

Despite the bill’s formal withdrawal, protests are unlikely to subside anytime soon as calls for wider pro-democracy changes and probes into alleged police brutality ring clear.

Authorities in Hong Kong confronted pro-demoncracy demonstrators earlier this week, after violent clashes broke out between demonstrators and police, and left around two dozen people wounded. 

Police confronted the protesters Monday in the Yuen Long district as people gathered to remember the three-month anniversary of “an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and journalists.”

Over the weekend, demonstrators threw firebombs during a rally which prompted authorities to respond with tear gas, according to the Associated Press.

Reports suggest over 30 people have been arrested and another six people have been charged in connection with the weekend escalation. 

Although Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspended the extradition bill back in June, thousands have taken to the streets for months, calling for Lam’s resignation and issuing other demands.

The protests started out peacefully and eventually escalated into violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement. 

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