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9/4, 12:00 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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HK's Lam to officially withdraw extradition bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday that she would pull the controversial proposal from June that would have allowed for extraditions to China.

Speaking in a pre-recorded message broadcast on local television, Lam also said that there would be no independent probe into the police's actions during the unrest. She further stated that protestors' calls for amnesty were "unacceptable" to any city that respected the rule of law and that the classification of the demonstrations as riots would be handled in accordance with prosecution guidelines. In addition, she said that the topic of universal suffrage should be debated pragmatically in a peaceful atmosphere or it would only further divide societies.

To that end, Lam proposed four actions. The first will be to withdraw the bill. The second will be to support the existing Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) in its inquiries into various incidents involving police officers that took place during the protests. The third will involve Lam and her ministers visiting communities to engage in dialogue with citizens, determine their grievances and find solutions to them. The fourth will be to commission an independent study to establish the root causes of social issues in society. She concluded her speech by urging the public to "replace conflicts with conversations" and to "look for solutions."

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