Hong Kong suspends controversial China extradition Bill after backlash

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Hong Kong’s government look forward to suspend proposed law on extradition to China that started a widespread anger and violent protests. Carrie Lam Hong Kong’s chief executive has come under huge pressure to discard the questionable law including from her own political allies and advisers.”The government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise, restart our communication with all sectors of society, do more work and listen to different views of society.” “We have no intention to set a deadline for this work and promise to report to and consult members of the legislative council panel on security before we decide on the next step forward.”

Carrie Lam told reporters on Saturday that lasted 75 minutes. As the expression of disapproval ascend, signs also emerged of a growing discomfort among Communist Party leaders in Beijing and Carrie Lam held her press conference on Saturday at the same government complex that was surrounded by protesters earlier in the week. The South China Morning Post said “Carrie Lam held an emergency meeting on Friday night with her advisers while Chinese officials were also meeting in the nearby city of Shenzhen to map a way out of the impasse.” Hong Kong’s iCable, the South China Morning Post, Sing Tao newspaper, Now TV, TVB and RTHK reported that the bill would be suspended or postponed. TVB and iCable said “Lam would hold a news conference on Saturday afternoon.” Tensions were running high with protest organisers planning another huge rally on Sunday.

Tien, a member of the pro Beijing camp said he supported a suspension of the bill without a timetable.Carrie Lam said “I feel deep sorrow and regret that the deficiencies in our work and various other factors have stirred up substantial controversies and disputes in society following the relatively calm periods of the past two years.” Others have warned against Carrie Lam bending to the protesters.”If the government caves in to violence and external influences in the long run that would also make Hong Kong ungovernable” pro Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip told reporters. James To, a lawmaker from the city’s pan democrat camp said to the reporters that “The credibility of our chief executive has already been written off, it’s a kind of government that cannot have any credibility to rule anymore.”

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On Friday night thousands of parents gathered in a park in the heart of the city to express their complete disapproval against the use of rubber bullets and tear gas against mainly young protesters on Wednesday. Y.Chan a 50 year old mother of two said “It’s calling for all mothers who had enough already of what happened the other day.” “My kids were out there also that day. And although I want them to be safe, want them to be at home but this is their home.

They are defending it.” she told AFP. Felix Chung, who represents the textile and garments industries as a pro-establishment member of Hong Kong’s legislature, said in a phone interview. “There’s no time limit,” “She’ll go back through the traditional channels for consultation.” he said. Felix Chung also said “the Legislative Council might eventually ask Carrie Lam to form a committee to bring the law back for another reading.”

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