Hong Kong Scraps Extradition Bill That Sparked Protests

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Hong Kong's legislature has withdrawn a controversial extradition bill.The bill did sparkle months of unrest.

It would have allowed for criminal suspects to get extradited to places with no extradition treaties.

This prompted outrage after its introduction in April. The places in exclusivity being mainland China, Taiwan and Macau.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and the bill was suspended.

Critics feared that extradition to mainland China could subject people to arbitrary detention and unfair trials.

The unrest that the bill sparked has become the worst crisis that Hong Kong has faced. This is after the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997.

It has also presented a serious challenge to China's leaders in Beijing.

The leaders have painted the demonstrators as dangerous separatists. They accused foreign powers for backing them.

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Timothy Omondi