July 16, 2019 / 9:32 AM / a month ago

Hong Kong justice secretary due in Beijing on Wednesday amid protests

FILE PHOTO: Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng attends a ceremony to mark the beginning of the legal year in Hong Kong, China January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

HONG KONG,+ (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s secretary for justice, Teresa Cheng, will travel to Beijing on Wednesday, the city government said, as protests in the Asian financial center against an extradition bill she had supported showed no sign of easing.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said the controversial bill “is dead”, but protesters say nothing short of a full withdrawal will do and have called for officials, including Lam and Cheng, to step down.

The extradition bill would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, sparking fears over Hong Kong’s much-cherished rule of law.

Reporting By Anne Marie Roantree and Donny Kwok; Editing by Robert Birsel

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