ollowing more than 20 weeks of the worst chaos that Hong Kong has seen in decades, the city’s legislature has formally withdrawn the controversial extradition bill that sparked the whole mess.
The proposed law would have allowed criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be taken to mainland China for trial, a possibility that spooked many Hongkongers.
Protests against the bill started on March 31 but really ratcheted up in June as millions of people began taking to the street. Demonstrators started surrounding government buildings and blocking roadways. Clashes between protesters and police followed and have been ongoing ever since, gradually escalating in anger, violence, and weaponry.
That is the case again with the Legislative Council’s belated withdrawal of the bill. Protesters have barely taken notice of the move and are still demanding that their other four demands be met including universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.
— TIME (@TIME) October 23, 2019