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China stays mum as Hong Kong protests extradition bill

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17.06.2019

CHINESE state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets Sunday to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally.

Hong Kong’s government has been rocked in recent days by massive demonstrations — and some violence — which forced the city’s embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam to indefinitely suspend passage of the bill.

Early Monday, China’s official Xinhua news agency issued a four-paragraph report noting suspension of the measure, “having regard to the strong and different views in society”.

Xinhua said Lam had apologized to the people and pledged to make improvements in serving them after “deficiencies” in the Hong Kong government’s work “led to substantial controversies and disputes in society.”

The report made no mention of Sunday’s protest in which crowds choked the streets of the financial........

© Asian Correspondent