Hong Kong has indefinitely suspended a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China after massive street protests against the proposal.
“After repeated internal deliberations over the last two days, I now announce that the government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise, restart our communication with all sectors of society, do more explanation work and listen to different views of society,” Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a news conference on Saturday.
The suspension is a huge reversal after a week of violent demonstrations against the proposal. About a million people marched last Sunday to protest the law, organizers said.
Demonstrations throughout the week were hit with tear gas, bean bag and rubber bullets from police.