Hong Kong’s Leader Publicly Apologizes for Extradition Bill – The New York Times

The extradition bill would make it easier for Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese territory, to send people suspected of crimes to jurisdictions with which it does not have extradition agreements. That would include mainland China, where the judicial system is notoriously opaque and under the tight control of the ruling Communist Party.

Opponents worry that if the bill were to become law, anyone in the city could potentially be sent to the mainland, including dissidents.

Sunday evening, the Hong Kong government responded to the march with a conciliatory written statement that ended with a rare apology from Mrs. Lam, who is known for almost never backing down in a fight.

That was not enough to satisfy Mrs. Lam’s critics, many of whom have called for her to withdraw the bill outright and resign. As long as it is merely suspended, experts say, it could be reintroduced at any time in the Hong Kong legislature, which is controlled by pro-Beijing lawmakers.

The Civil Human Rights Front, one of the broader groups that helped organize the recent protests, said in a statement late Monday that it still wanted Mrs. Lam to resign.

A bigger priority for the group, however, is that the government drop all charges against those who were arrested during the protests.


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