The Hong Kong government will suspend consideration of amendments to the extradition law that have sparked mass protests. This was stated by the mayor of Kerry Lam, reports AP.
According to Lam, the government has not made enough efforts to explain to society the significance of the extradition law, which has led to a split. The head of the city clarified that you need to “stop and think.” According to media reports, the decision was made following a meeting of the central authorities of China in Shenzhen.
Amendments to the extradition bill, which led to mass protests in the city, allow the extradition of defendants to Taiwan, Macau, mainland China and other countries. Activists believe that so the PRC authorities will be able to repress dissidents, political activists and those who fled to Hong Kong.
On June 12, a mass demonstration was held in Hong Kong against amendments to the extradition bill. According to various estimates, from 300 thousand to a million people took to the streets. Due to the fact that the protesters blocked the streets near government buildings, the police used pepper gas, batons and rubber bullets.
On June 13, the two largest porn sites in Hong Kong stopped working and posted a notice urging them to take to the streets. On the website’s homepage, they said that if users are unhappy with the blocking of porn, then they can “find answers” at the building of the Legislative Assembly, where protests took place.