Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

A few Hong Kong protesters apologize for disrupting lives

A few Hong Kong protesters apologize for disrupting lives

Demonstrators attend a rally ahead of the G20 summit, urging the global community to back their demands for the government to withdraw a the extradition bill in Hong Kong, China June 26, 2019.

It's been more than two weeks since demonstrators first packed the streets of Hong Kong in massive protests against a proposed extradition treaty.

Mass demonstrations are perceived by observers as a manifestation of the growing fears of the population that China restricts the city's unique freedoms and culture.

Earlier this month Britain urged the Hong Kong government to "pause and reflect" on an extradition bill that has sparked widespread protests in its former colony.

But Lam stopped short of protester demands to scrap the bill altogether, saying it would be suspended indefinitely.

The ad is an open letter asking foreign citizens to pressure their government before the summit, which will be attended by Xi and Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan.

The day culminated in several thousand, mostly young activists, surrounding police headquarters, using metal barricades to blockade entrances.

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Kelvin Ho, one of the group's several leaders, said the protest was meant to "urge the worldwide community to give stress on Beijing that we need democracy".

Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun has said China would not allow discussion of Hong Kong at the summit. "I want them to save Hong Kong along with the Hong Kong people". Adding "Hong Kong affairs are Chinese domestic affairs; any foreign force has no right to interfere in this".

Britain banned sales of crowd-control equipment such as tear gas to Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Jeremy Hunt also urged the Hong Kong government to establish a "robust, independent investigation into the violent scenes that we saw".

In a crowdfunding campaign, Hong Kong activists have raised more than HK$5 million ($640,606) to take out newspaper ads in major foreign media during the summit.

Protester Mandy Wong described Hong Kong as an global city whose residents will all be affected by the legislation, regardless of their country of origin.

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