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HK protesters now have no excuse to continue violence

China Daily | Updated: 2019-09-05 07:18

Hong Kong is expected to be free of any more violence, including rioting, now that the special administrative region's chief executive has withdrawn what was a well-intended bill to amend the extradition law.

The proposed amendment was meant to plug the legal loopholes which have for years allowed criminal suspects from other parts of the world, including those from the Chinese mainland, to evade justice by seeking shelter in the Hong Kong SAR. Such loopholes in Hong Kong's law have turned the city into a haven for fugitives, and prevented the SAR government from extraditing criminal suspects to other jurisdictions.

But despite the good intentions of the bill, the opposition camp in Hong Kong, in collusion with external forces, succeeded in painting a distorted picture of the bill to mislead Hong Kong residents, especially the younger generation, and rally support for its nefarious political designs.

HK protesters now have no excuse to continue violence

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