September 2019

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Withdraws Extradition Bill

For the past three months, protesters in Hong Kong have been demanding that a bill allowing prisoners to be extradited to mainland China be withdrawn. Protesters are also demanding an independent look into police brutality and that protests stop being characterized as "riots.". They want the release of arrested protesters and to implement universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, who previously only suspended the bill, has finally conceded to the first of five demands by withdrawing the bill. Pro-Beijing lawmaker Michael Tien thinks the decision may have come too late. I believe the withdrawal of the bill ... may be too late because this movement has become more than the bill, Michael Tien, via CNN. A recent recording that was leaked to Reuters raised the question of whether Lam would soon be resigning, but she has since denied those rumors.