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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong formally withdraws extradition bill

Fugitive suspect who prompted government to propose law is released from prison

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Oct. 16.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government formally withdrew a controversial extradition bill on Wednesday, following months of social unrest and political turmoil that have upended the city's normally peaceful image.

The secretary for security, John Lee Ka-chiu, made the announcement before lawmakers in the chamber of the Legislative Council. The move meets one of the five demands by anti-government demonstrators, who are also calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

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