Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters hold rally again

Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters hold rally again

Earlier this month, over a million Hong Kong residents took part in protests against a proposed extradition law which would allow them to hand over suspected criminals to countries which don't have extradition agreements with Hong Kong.

Police briefly attempted to push the crowd back onto the sidewalk, but eventually relented and permitted them to occupy the road.

Hong Kong activists hope the ads will arouse worldwide attention to the issue that has sparked widespread protests in the city and bring global pressure to bear on the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to completely scrap the now-suspended legislation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. "We call on leaders at the G20 summit to actively express their opposition to Hong Kong's amendment of the extradition bills".

China has ruled out the possibility of discussing a string of massive protests in recent weeks at the summit, and advertisements appealed to readers to "Stand With Hong Kong at the G20".

After relentless protests, the Hong Kong administration was forced to cave in, shelving a contentious extradition bill that would have seen people transferred out of the city to any jurisdiction, including mainland China.

Beijing denies interfering but for many Hong Kong residents a proposed extradition law, that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, is the latest step in a relentless march towards mainland control.

He urged G20 leaders to discuss the issue, saying global pressure could force China to change its stance toward the territory.

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Having disappeared for a grand total of nine days after offering Hong Kong her "most honest apology", chief executive Carrie Lam has finally resurfaced.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, under a "one country, two systems" formula that allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including freedom of protest and a much-cherished independent judiciary. Bejing and Hong Kong government deny the allegations.

China's political prosecutions in Communist Party-controlled courts sparked concern on the island when a Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che was sentenced to five years in prison in China in November 2017 on charges of subverting state power.

Lam is due to attend the ceremony, the government said Saturday.

Lee was found guilty of holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents in China.

Lam's government has suspended debate on the extradition legislation indefinitely, making it unlikely to pass during her term, but protesters are demanding it to be officially withdrawn. Others shouted, "Condemn excessive force by police and release protesters".

Leung said organizers obtained a police permit for the protest.

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