Hong Kong Controversial extradition bill to be finally withdrawn after 13 weeks of protests
The agitation against the extradition bill started on 9 June, on this day more than 1 million people joined the rally
Hong Kong. The proposed extradition law will eventually be withdrawn after 13 weeks of protests. Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam will announce the withdrawal of the bill officially on Wednesday. MP Felix Chung confirmed this. According to the South China Morning Post, Lam will also set up an inquiry commission, which will identify the root causes of the protests against the bill. However, whether or not this inquiry commission will be independent is not yet decided.
According to the Post, the government's idea of withdrawing the law is evident as it has bowed to one of the demands of the protesters.
The protesters made 5 demands
The protesters also demanded that an inquiry commission be set up to investigate the police action taken during the protest. Those who have been arrested should be freed from crime and released. Demonstrations should not be presented as riots. The city's political reform process should be resumed.
The movement started on 9 June, 10 million people reached the rally
Hong Kong's existing extradition law does not have extradition agreements from many countries. China was also excluded from the extradition treaty until now. The new bill was about expanding this law.
After the bill came into force, the way for Taiwan, Macau and Mainland China to be allowed to extradite suspects would also be cleared.
Those opposing the bill called it opaque and said China could misuse it.
Hong Kong was ceded to China in 1997 under the UK-China agreement. Since then, the biggest political instability has been seen there.
Students, supporters of democracy, religious organizations and trade representatives all openly opposed the extradition bill. Millions of people took to the streets.
The agitation against the bill was launched on 9 June. On this day 1 million people attended the rally. On July 1, protesters entered Parliament and on August 25 the agitation turned violent. After this, the protesters also accused the police force of sexual exploitation.
In 2014, this movement became even bigger than the 79-day-long Umbrella Movement. More than 800 protesters have been arrested since June.