Protests in Hong Kong

Beijing's tough task in Hong Kong: Balancing control with freedoms

Deadlock between protesters and HK govt over extradition Bill looks set to drag on

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The Hong Kong authorities - and the central government in Beijing - appear to be in a deadlock with young protesters opposed to an extradition Bill they think will curtail civil rights and political freedoms.

Despite a month of protests, including two mass marches that brought out millions of Hong Kongers and the storming of the Legislative Council (LegCo) building by young protesters, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has refused to budge on the demands of the protesters beyond a decision to suspend the Bill.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 07, 2019, with the headline Beijing's tough task in Hong Kong: Balancing control with freedoms. Subscribe