Hong Kong's leader has officially announced the withdrawal of a widely hated extraditon bill, which triggered months of protests and plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst crisis in decades.
Carrie Lam said on Wednesday the government will, quote: ''officially withdraw the bill and eradicate the worries of people''-- adding the security chief will propose a motion to withdraw the bill", some three months after the unrest began.
(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG LEADER CARRIE LAM SAYING: "What happened in the last two months has shocked and saddened the Hong Kong people and made everyone worried and upset about Hong Kong, everyone is very worried and hopes to resolve the current situation." The bill would have allowed extraditions to mainland China where courts are controlled by the Communist Party.
Reuters previously revealed that Lam had told business leaders last week that she had caused "unforgivable havoc" by introducing it.
It's not yet clear if withdrawing the bill will help end the violent unrest, which has spiralled into calls for greater democracy in the city state.
Many are also furious at perceived police brutality and the more than a thousand arrests.
Withdrawing the bill is one of the protesters' five demands.
But they've also been calling for an independent inquiry, and Lam's resignation.