A Hong Kong official urged protesters to go home after tens and thousands of residents blocked lawmakers by entering the Legislative Council, forcing the body to postpone a debate on the bill that will allow extraditions to mainland China.

“We indicate that taxpayers that are inhabiting the roads should leave immediately in order that traffic could restart as soon as possible,” said Matthew Cheung, the government’s chief secretary.

“I hope that taxpayers can keep calm and leave the site so on without committing any crimes,” he said, adding that the bill was aimed only at offenders and could not be used to target political dissidents.