Chief executive Lam has been heavily criticized for failing to understand the widespread opposition to the bill, and for only deciding to suspend it following serious clashes between police and protesters on June 12. Opponents continue to call for the bill to be completely withdrawn.

The protests of the past weekend were focused on police—both for allegedly using excessive force on protesters, and for failing to arrive in time on July 21 to protect people at the train station where the mob of thugs attacked civilians. At today’s conference, Yang repeated that accusations of China’s having been behind the gang attack are “absolutely baseless.”

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