Hong Kong govt to 'pause' divisive extradition bill | Bangkok Post: news
Wednesday's clashes were the worst political violence in Hong Kong since its 1997 handover to ChinaHONG KONG: Hong Kong's embattled government looks set to press pause on a deeply unpopular extradition bill that has provoked unprecedented clashes between police and protesters, multiple local media outlets reported Saturday. The city's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has faced mounting calls to abandon the controversial legislation, including from her own political allies and advisers. "If the government caves in to violence and external influences, in the long run that would also make Hong Kong ungovernable," pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip told reporters. Opposition to the extradition bill has united an unusually wide cross section of Hong Kong. "This amendment was initiated by the Hong Kong government."