Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam has formally withdrawn an extradition bill that sparked massive protests that have rocked the city since June. The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. While the protests started out as push-back against the bill, they have continued to grow in scope and intensity. Demonstrators have been clashing with police as part of a widening pro-democratic movement. Lam had suspended the extradition bill in June after more than 1 million people marched against it, with protesters surrounding the city’s legislature on the day of its planned second reading.
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