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Hong Kong leader formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

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Hong Kong leader formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

Hong Kong leader formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.

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Hong Kong leader formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

The announcement, live on television, came after Reuters reports on Friday (August 30) and Monday (September 2) revealed that Beijing had thwarted an earlier proposal from Lam to withdraw the bill and that she had said privately that she would resign if she could, according to a leaked audio recording.

"Lingering violence is damaging the very foundations of our society, especially the rule of law," Lam said in her address on Wednesday (September 4).

The withdrawal, a key demand of protesters, came after unrest that drove the former British colony to the edge of anarchy as the government repeatedly refused to back down - igniting pitched battles across the city of seven million, the arrests of more than 1,000 protesters, and leaving a society deeply divided.



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