Hundreds of most young people flooded in Harcourt Road outside the city's legislature on Friday morning when they were setting off a sit-in demanding city executive, Carrie Lam, and officially withdrawing the bill.
Speaking to reporters, a political spokeswoman urged protesters to leave the area, but said a "clearance operation" was not planned.
"We respect citizens' right to express their views peacefully," she said, and adding a negotiating team would meet with protesters in an attempt to persuade them to continue.
"I have heard you loud and clear and have reflected deeply on everything that has happened," she said. "The concerns of the last few months are caused by the shortcomings of the Hong Kong government."
She did not respond to demands to completely withdraw instead of pausing the bill. She also did not resign or called for a study of alleged political brutality during violent protests on June 12, other demands for protest.
Students and pro-democratic groups had given Lam until kl. Thursday to meet these demands, saying they would make further protests on Friday if she didn't. These protests began with a peaceful sitting outside the legislature and state offices closed to all outlets before protesters escalated by seizing Harcourt Road.
Several other events are scheduled on Friday, including a memorial to a protest that fell to his death from the Pacific Place Mall last week, and demonstrations by parent groups that the Hong Kong authorities brace for a summer of disruption and dissatisfaction with the wrong bill.
CNN's Jo Shelley and Caroline Kwok helped report.