Yoho Statement on Removal of Hong Kong Extradition Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement:
“Following several months of mass civilian protests in Hong Kong, Beijing instructed Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam to fully withdraw the extradition bill. I commend Beijing for recognizing the underlying cause of the massive protests and pulling the bill. These protests sent a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Xi Jinping, a message which reinforced that rule of law is paramount to the preservation of freedom and democracy. Without rule of law, Hong Kong would not be the economic powerhouse that is it today, home to thousands of multinational corporations and one of the highest economic freedom indexes in the world.
“Although the mass protests originated with the introduction of the extradition bill, this discontent led to unprecedented levels of civil unrest in Hong Kong that are far greater than the 2014 Umbrella Movement. As a result, other grievances of the Hong Kong people came to light, which need to be addressed by the leaders of Hong Kong – without interference from Beijing. These additional requests include: officially retracting descriptions of the protests as “riots”, dropping charges against protestors, launching an investigation into police force and allowing universal suffrage so voters can pick their leaders directly without Beijing’s involvement.
“Of the five demands, removal of the extradition bill was the most significant. Chief Executive Lam’s announcement of the withdrawal shows that the CCP can and will listen. The CCP and Chief Executive Lam must continue to listen to the people of Hong Kong and find a peaceful and just path forward. I am proud of those who stood against the unwarranted and authoritarian-style bill that exposed deep concerns over the Hong Kong government’s legitimacy and autonomy. This trying time in Hong Kong’s history shows that freedom will not be compromised and must be constantly guarded.”