Graphic shows key events since changes to the extradition bill were proposed in February.
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Key dates in Hong Kong protests

By Duncan Mil

September 5, 2019 - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced the formal withdrawal of a proposed extradition bill that sparked months of protests in the Chinese-ruled city.

On Thursday, Lam said she had decided to scrap the controversial extradition law, saying the central government “understands, respects and supports” her move.

Previously she had only agreed to suspend the legislation, fuelling further protests and sparking fears that Beijing could one day resurrect the law.

Protesters and some of Lam’s supporters say that the concession is too little and too late, given more than 1,000 people have been arrested.

In addition to scrapping the law, protesters want all of their demands met. They want an inquiry into police violence, an amnesty for anyone arrested, a retraction of the label “rioters” to describe protesters and universal suffrage.

In August 2014, Beijing proposed that one person, one vote would be allowed, but only for candidates who were approved by the Communist Party. That was a blow to Hong Kong and just a month later, the Umbrella Movement began.

PUBLISHED: 05/09/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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