Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam says controversial reforms to the city’s electoral process are not targeting opposition parties. The changes imposed by Beijing are facing international condemnation. Local democracy activists say the moves are an act of suppression. Al Jazeera reports that in a statement on Thursday, just hours after Beijing approved its plan to veto candidates for political office in Hong Kong, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, condemning the measures, said they ran counter to the objective that Hong Kong elections “should progress towards universal suffrage”.