Hong Kong will definitively withdraw the controversial extradition bill on Wednesday, a government official reports. Because of the bill, which was previously suspended indefinitely, it has been unrest in Hong Kong for more than three months.
Five demands from demonstrators
- Final withdrawal of the bill
- Independent investigation into police actions
- Government should no longer use the word 'riots' with regard to the disturbances
- Release of arrested protesters and withdrawal of charges against them
- Universal voting rights for Hong Kong residents
Hong Kong director Carrie Lam will officially announce the final withdrawal on Wednesday, the source said.
Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people have demonstrated against the bill in the last thirteen weeks. They are strongly against the arrival of the law, because it makes extradition to China possible. They fear that Beijing will abuse the law to try political opponents.
The protests in Hong Kong are no longer just about extradition law. The demonstrators, who have been campaigning daily in recent weeks, demand, among other things, an independent investigation into recent police violence.
The protesters and riot police regularly collided with each other. Both parties are increasingly reacting to each other. For example, last weekend demonstrators threw more than eighty Molotov cocktails. The number of arrests in the ongoing unrest rose to 1,117 after the restless weekend.
Earlier there were reports that Lam had submitted the demands of the protesters to the central government, but that these were pushed aside. She had suspended the bill indefinitely at the beginning of July, but at the time refused to take further steps.
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