Hong Kong’s Leader, Yielding to Protests, Suspends Extradition Bill – The New York Times

“We can’t accept it will just be suspended,” Minnie Li, a lecturer with the Education University of Hong Kong who joined a hunger strike this week, said on Saturday morning. “We demand it to be withdrawn. The amendment itself is unreasonable. Suspension just means having a break and will continue later. What we want is for it to be withdrawn. We can’t accept it.”

Demonstrators have called for Mrs. Lam to resign, but officials in Hong Kong and Beijing have brushed those demands aside, and she was expected to remain in office.

Underlying opposition to the extradition bill is a growing fear that the freedoms that people in Hong Kong enjoy under the “one country, two systems” policy, put in place when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, are rapidly shrinking.

On Friday, a top adviser to Mrs. Lam and a pro-Beijing lawmaker said publicly that the bill should be delayed.

Responding to local media reports on Saturday about a possible delay of the bill, Emily Lau, a former lawmaker and chairwoman of the city’s Democratic Party, said that she doubted the public would be quelled by such a move.

“People are asking for the bill to be withdrawn, if you just delay it that means they can just resume the second reading whenever they like,” Ms. Lau said. She added that a delay would simply result in another big turnout for the march on Sunday.

“There is always a sword hanging over our heads and I don’t think the public will accept it,” she said.


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