Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam announced during a news conference that the extremely controversial extradition bill is officially dead, according to CNBC.
After mass protests in the city of Hong Kong, and some examples of violence among protestors and police officers, Lam felt she had no choice but to kill the bill in an effort to subside tensions that continue to rise on a daily basis.
“I have almost immediately put a stop to the bill amendment exercise, but there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity that we will restart the process in the legislative council,” stated Lam during the conference. “I reiterate here: There is no such plan, the bill is dead,” she continued.
Critics are currently questioning whether the bill will resurface years after the current tension in the city and they are weary of her phrase stating the bill is “dead” rather than being withdrawn, altogether.