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Hong Kong establishment wavers on extradition law

Cabinet member says 'impossible' to proceed, as others urge putting bill on hold

Protesters hold signs following a day of violence over a proposed extradition bill, outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Signs of weakening support for the Hong Kong government's controversial extradition bill emerged on Friday, as some pro-establishment officials suggested the administration should indefinitely postpone legislative debate following violent clashes this week between police and protesters.

Bernard Chan, a leading member of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's cabinet, said that it was "impossible" to proceed with debate on the proposed law. Chan, a financier and the convener of Lam's Executive Council, told public broadcaster RTHK that officials need to think about what to do next.

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