Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill: news round-up

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Complete withdrawal of the Fugitive Offenders Bill leaves one of five demands met, and other big news stories from today.

Photo: Screenshot from Carrie Lam’s official video broadcast announcing the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill.

Full withdrawal of the extradition bill:

A lot has happened today in Hong Kong. First and foremost, the formal withdrawal of the Fugitive Offenders Bill marks a moment protesters have fought for all summer long. Carrie Lam’s speech which was broadcast earlier today officially stated the withdrawal of the controversial law, hoping to open up inclusive dialogue. Carrie Lam also introduced two new officials to join the IPCC probe on police misconduct and gives the watchdog full support in the investigation. Although this announcement is nothing short of a big deal, it is a mere one-fifth of the demands that are now met. Critics such as pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo say this move has come “too little too late”.

These announcements have concocted a maelstrom of emotions, with prominent protesters such as Joshua Wong tweeting that this announcement has come out of touch with the people – HK’s turmoil has left an “irreversible scar” on the city and there are four other demands that need attending to. Twitter account @HongKongHermit is conducting a 24 hour poll of reactions to the bill’s withdrawal, which as of writing this article 74% of respondents would only settle when all five demands are met, one of which includes an independent inquiry.

Other big news:

The IPCC has recruited five foreign experts to aid with the probe on police misconduct. They come from Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia.

John Slosar resigned from his position as chairman for Cathay Pacific, which the airline then announced the appointment of Patrick Healy to replace Slosar as chairman. Slosar left with an encouraging message to CX staff, saying to “have confidence” in these troubling times. He notes that his resignation is due to his retirement.

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