Hong Kong leader says extradition law that sparked protests is ‘dead’

GP: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam 190709

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday her government’s proposal to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China is “dead.”

The bill sparked massive protests by critics who said it would erode rights Hong Kong residents have held onto under the “one country, two systems” policy in force since British rule ended and Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997.

The arrangement has given Hong Kong its own justice system separate from the courts in China. Last week, a group of demonstrators stormed the city’s Legislative Council and held control of the building for several hours, destroying paintings and smashing glass doors.

Protest leaders said they would maintain pressure on the government until it formally withdraws the bill and investigates police tactics against demonstrators.

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