Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition planHong Kong’s embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China, with protest organisers getting police go-ahead to hold a new rally at the weekend. The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to China on Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has so far refused to meet protester demands to withdraw or scrap the bill — although rumours were swirling Friday that a postponement of the bill was imminent amid a growing chorus of discontent.

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