Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong protesters march with mock coffin of city leader

Hong Kong protesters march with mock coffin of city leader

The focus of the rallies has switched from the extradition bill, which would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, to broader issues that have roused deep-seated tension between Hong Kong people and mainland Chinese.

Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong on Thursday offered words of support for the beleaguered Carrie Lam administration, saying the central government stands by the territory's leadership in the wake of the extradition bill controversy.

The bill was proposed on April 3 and its opposers argue that its controversial amendments will leave anyone on Hong Kong soil vulnerable to being grabbed by the Chinese authorities for political reasons or inadvertent business offences.

Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from Hong Kong.

"They want to come out and show their concern over the cross-border traders problem in the area, which is never solved".

He went on to blast "some foreign forces" for interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and encouraged the whole society to "be on high alert and strongly oppose the extremely few people who become willing pawns of foreign forces in stirring up trouble.for their own interests".

"We want to raise awareness in Washington that the United States has to do more now to help Hong Kong become fully democratic", said a resident of the nearby town of Fanling, who was one of five people in the July 12 crowd carrying USA flags. Now I feel so bad.

"Some people were attacked and got injured in a stampede", said the man, who would only give the name Ragnar.

While Saturday's protests targeted parallel trading, which is believed to lead to shortages of goods on the island, the most dramatic protests in recent months have centered on a bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China.

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"We have no weapons and we were peaceful".

The legislature in Hong Kong was also severely damaged by vandals when protesters stormed into the building after a full police retreat overnight.

"We are all scared now".

Tens of thousands of protesters staged an anti-extradition march the next day through one of the most popular tourist shopping areas in Kowloon, where they tried to win support from mainland Chinese tourists.

"When we saw them taking photos of us in the crowd we had to react."
Thousands marched last weekend against middle-aged mainland women who sing loudly and dance somewhat provocatively in a public park.

Some one million mainlanders have moved to Hong Kong since its 1997 handover, a flashpoint issue in the notoriously overcrowded city which already boasts one of the world's most expensive property markets.

epa07714055 Policemen clash with protesters during a rally in the Sheung Shui district, in the New Territories in Hong Kong, China, 13 July 2019.

"Didn't they promise 50 years, no change?"

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