Hong Kong Protests Resume as Police Headquarters Is Surrounded – The New York Times

“The police is not clearing the grounds,” Ms. Yu said. “We respect the people to express their views in a peaceful manner.”

The massive outcry over the past two weeks prompted Mrs. Lam to deliver a personal, televised public apology on Tuesday for having proposed the bill in the first place.

But she did not agree to resign or withdraw the bill entirely, as many protesters have demanded. Instead, she said work on it would not resume in Hong Kong’s legislature as long as there was a public dispute over the bill’s content.

The extradition bill would allow the authorities in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous territory, to send people suspected of crimes to jurisdictions with which it does not have an extradition agreement, including mainland China. Opponents of the bill fear that if it becomes law, it would open a door for Beijing to take anyone from Hong Kong — including dissidents — into the mainland’s opaque, politicized judicial system.

[As the fight over Hong Kong’s future raged, the city’s tycoons waited and worried.]

Under China’s president, Xi Jinping, the ruling Communist Party has increasingly tried to exert control over Hong Kong, which has its own laws, independent courts and news outlets, as well as a vocal community of pro-democracy activists and lawmakers. Beijing has steadily eroded the city’s liberties over the last several years, including by trying to silence critics and stacking Hong Kong’s leadership with its supporters.

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