Hong Kong Protest Extradition Bill – Protesters gathered outside government headquarters Wednesday to oppose intensified to a proposed extradition bill.
Hong Kong Protest Extradition Bill:
The legislation, Extradition bill, if approved, would allow Hong Kong to extradite suspected criminals to jurisdictions outside the former British colony without a prior agreement – most notably mainland China.
Extradition bill that would tighten Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous territory.
“(This) boils down to a display of people power in Hong Kong, a display in particular of young people power,” opposition lawmaker Claudia Mo told the tens of thousands who had gathered outside the Legislative Council building.
“At the end of the Umbrella Movement, didn’t we say, ‘we will be back’? And now, we are back!”
Massive protests from students and other pro-democracy advocates in the economically free-wheeling city of more than 7 million people. That’s what they did in massive numbers, after a mass text message went out at 8 a.m. to a core group of protesters
Shum Tsz-kit, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organized Sunday’s march. said, “Before Carrie Lam announces that the extradition bill is shelved we will not leave here,” We call on bigger companies, bigger organizations to support the strike, so all Hong Kong can come out and tell the world that we oppose the extradition law.”
“We want the government to just set the legislation aside and not bring it back,” said a protester who gave only his first name, Marco, to avoid possible repercussions from authorities.
“The excessive response from police is fuelling tensions and is likely to contribute to worsening violence, rather than end it,” the director said. “The ugly scenes of police using tear gas and pepper spray against overwhelmingly peaceful protesters is a violation of international law.”
Police, however, were focused on blocking entrances to the Legislative Council complex itself, and either didn’t have the resources or had not expected to have to prevent tens of thousands of protesters swarming into the roads.
“We condemn such irresponsible behavior,” Lo said. “There’s no need to hurt innocent people to express your opinions,” he said, adding that people should not “do anything they will regret for the rest of their lives.”
The government pushed ahead with plans to present the amendments to the legislative assembly on Wednesday despite a weekend protest by many thousands of individuals that was the territory’s largest political demonstration in more than a decade.
Utterly saddened to see the images of #HongKong police firing rubber bullets at protesters.
To the people of Hong Kong: you may feel your demands for freedom seem to fall on deaf ears, please know that all like-minded friends in #Taiwan & around the world are standing with you. pic.twitter.com/22cCCFdnLr
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) June 12, 2019
— Denise Ho (HOCC) (@hoccgoomusic) June 12, 2019
Another massive demonstration is taking place right now outside Hong Kong’s government HQ, blocking traffic as protesters did in the 2014 Umbrella Revolution where protesters called for freer elections. Here’s (probably more than) what you need to know about the protests: pic.twitter.com/0zbPB5CkN1
— Alan Wong (@alanwongw) June 12, 2019
While some of you are still in bed, hundreds of protesters have blocked Lung Wo Road before 8am in a bid to stop lawmakers from attending the meeting as the debate of #extraditionbill resumes in #hongkong 📸@SCMPNews photographer KY Cheng pic.twitter.com/ARKEcWIB34
— Jeffie Lam (@jeffielam) June 12, 2019