Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has fully withdrawn the controversial extradition bill which allowed extradition to mainland China, according to CNN. The bill led to massive protests throughout Hong Kong that went on for three months and eventually expanded to minor protests of support globally.
“We must find ways to address the discontent in society and look for solutions,” said Lam in a video statement regarding her decision to pull the bill. “After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that this discontentment extends far beyond the bill,” Lam continued. In addition to pulling the bill, Lam also announced the addition of a former education bureau chief and former judge to the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC). “Let’s replace conflicts with conversations and let’s look for solutions,” Lam stated during her discussion on making law and order to Hong Kong her priority.