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Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Meet With Lawmakers Amid Pressure to Withdraw Bill


HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, is scheduled to meet on Wednesday afternoon with members of her cabinet and pro-Beijing lawmakers as she faces pressure to withdraw the contentious extradition bill that set off months of protests in the city.

Mrs. Lam suspended the bill in June and later said that it was “dead,” but demonstrators have long been suspicious of her government’s refusal to formally withdraw the bill and feared it could be revived at a later date.

Withdrawal of the bill, which would allow extradition to mainland China, has remained at the top of the list of protesters’ demands. But the list has grown to include an independent investigation into the police’s use of force, amnesty for arrested protesters and direct elections for all lawmakers and the chief executive.

The South China Morning Post reported that Mrs. Lam was set to formally withdraw the extradition proposal.

Local media outlets reported that meeting would include Mrs. Lam’s cabinet, Hong Kong delegates to the National People’s Congress, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference members and pro-Beijing lawmakers.

Regina Ip, a pro-Beijing lawmaker and member of the Executive Council, Mrs. Lam’s cabinet, said the chief executive would meet with the council at 4 p.m. She said Mrs. Lam would be meeting with pro-establishment parties, too.

“I don’t know what it will be about,” Mrs. Ip said.

The months of protests have included peaceful marches involving hundreds of thousands of people, as well as street protests by smaller groups who have become increasingly violent in recent weeks, throwing bricks and firebombs at the police. The police have used batons, rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters and arrested more than 1,000 people since early June.

The Hang Seng Index climbed more than 4 percent after news of the planned meeting emerged. Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based airline that has faced criticism from the Chinese government for its employees’ participation in the protests, climbed more than 7 percent.


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