(SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING:
''After a repeated internal deliberation over the last two days, I now announce, that the government has decided to suspend the legislative-amendment exercise.''
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam has suspended a controversial extradition bill indefinitely.
Lam shelved the proposed law on Saturday (15 June) after almost a week of protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous city.
Those protests injuring more than 80 demonstrators and over 20 police officers.
Earlier on Saturday (15 June) local media reported that the city's leader was meeting with pro-Beijing lawmakers to brief them on her plans to handle the uproar.
The controversial bill would allow the extradition of people in Hong Kong, both locals and foreigners to stand trial on charges in China.
And it has angered many in the city, concerned it could threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong's status as an international financial hub.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the city's streets on Sunday (9 June) against the proposed law.
And protests outside the city's legislative council mid-week were met with tear gas and rubber bullets from the city's police.
Backing down on efforts to push the bill through would have been unthinkable just last week, with the bill passage seemingly inevitable and Lam defiant in the face of rising public pressure.
She says the bill is essential to stop criminals using Hong Kong as a place to hide and that human rights will be protected with extraditions decided by the city's courts on a case-by-case basis.
Opponents of the bill including leading lawyers and rights groups say that China's justice system is controlled by the country's government.
And is marked by forced confessions and arbitrary detention.
But Beijing has denied accusations that it tramples on human rights.
Civil society groups and other opponents of the bill have said they will protest again on Sunday (16 June).