Mass protests in Hong Kong, which began last Sunday and continued through the week, have convinced the territory's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to suspend a controversial bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The protests turned violent, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds, prompting Lam to put a hold on the legislation, reportedly with the backing of Beijing. She did say, however, that she would not withdraw the bill. The demonstrators took to the streets initially out of concern that the proposed bill threatens Hong Kong's rule of law. A new protest was expected on Sunday and organizers have reportedly maintained that it will go on as planned, as they continue to call for a complete withdrawal of the bill.

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