YUGE! This will probably put an end to the protests that have rocked Hong Kong for the past several months and prevent another Tienanmen Square type massacre.
Source: NBC News
HONG KONG — A controversial extradition bill that sparked months of protests in Hong Kong will be fully withdrawn, the territory’s chief executive announced on Wednesday, submitting to one of the demonstrators’ core demands.
Carrie Lam said in a televised announcement that the bill will be withdrawn “in order to fully allay public concerns” when the Legislative Council resumes. She promised “direct dialogue” with communities to hear their concerns but announced no other major concessions.
“It is obvious to many that discontentment extends far beyond the Bill,” she said in a translated transcript released by Hong Kong’s government. “Irrespective of our grievances, or the depth of discontentment towards the Government, we cannot agree or accept that violence is a solution to our problems.”
Her announcement followed violent demonstrations in the bustling shopping district of Mong Kok for the second day in a row, with police firing tear gas and bean bags while protesters threw bricks, bottles and eggs. No police were injured but one protester was taken to hospital with severe injuries, senior police officials said at a press conference Wednesday.