June 15, 2019 / 9:10 AM / a month ago

U.S. consulate welcomes Hong Kong decision to suspend extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The United States Consulate in Hong Kong on Saturday welcomed a decision by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to suspend a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

The statement came after Lam said the government was backing down in a dramatic retreat after widespread anger over the bill sparked the biggest street protests in the city in three decades. [L4N23M03D]

Reporting By John Ruwitch and Anne Marie Roantree; editing by Christian Schmollinger

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