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Extradition law changes to go ahead despite protests

Anger: Police use pepper spray on protesters PICTURE: AP

HONG KONG’s chief executive Carrie Lam is planning to press ahead with changes to its extradition laws despite huge protests.

Ms Lam told journalists the legislation — which will allow Hong Kong to send people to mainland China to face charges — will help the territory ‘uphold justice’ and ‘fulfil its international obligations’.

Hundreds of thousands marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday amid fears over China’s control of the semi-autonomous territory.

Ms Lam denied taking orders from China’s Communist Party-ruled central government. ‘I have not received any instruction or mandate from Beijing to do this bill,’ she said.

‘We were doing it — and we are still doing it — out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong.’