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Hong Kong: Government officially withdraws extradition law


The authorities of the semi-autonomous city state have now ended the dispute over the controversial law. For hundreds of thousands of people had protested.

Hong Kong has formally withdrawn the draft extradition law. Hong Kong Security Director John Lee announced the decision. The bill had triggered months of protests. In the course of which gave head of government Carrie Lam. She had already announced in September to withdraw the draft legislation.

The Hong Kong people had feared that the extradition law would allow a crime to extradite suspects to China. The semi-autonomous Hong Kong has its own judicial system.

The debate over the bill also involved a Taiwanese who could not be sent to Taiwan where he was wanted for alleged murder. He was released from Hong Kong jail Wednesday, where he had been punished for money laundering. He hinted that he would face justice in Taiwan.

Withdrawing the bill was one of the protesters' five demands. Activists vowed not to give in before all the points are met. The other demands are universal suffrage, an independent investigation into police violence, the release of those arrested and that the protests are not labeled as rioting.

Source: zeit

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