June 15, 2019 / 9:16 AM / a month ago

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

A man uses mobile phone to listen to a news conference of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as people gather to wait for a government announcement regarding the proposed extradition bill, near the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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.

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

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