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Hong Kong Pushes Forward with Extradition Bill Despite Protest

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Erin Hale

June 10, 2019

HONG KONG - Hong Kong will proceed with its controversial plan to allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges, even after a massive protest on Sunday, the city's top leader said.

Estimates of the size of the protest crowds vary between a few hundred thousand and a million.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters that she and her team “have not ignored any views expressed on this very important piece of legislation” but thought it was important to push forward regardless. 

‘We have been listening and listening very attentively and very humbly, to views expressed by various sectors,” she told reporters, adding that the government had made several changes to the bill following public criticism.

Under the current bill that will proceed with its second reading at Legislative Council on Wednesday, Hong Kong will in the future be able to extradite to countries where it lacks a long term agreement, like mainland China, Macau and Taiwan. 

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June 10 2019

Hong Kong Extradition Bill Prompts Massive Worldwide Protests Over a million people filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday over a proposed bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China. Several cities around the world held their own protests to express support for the demonstration and voice their concerns over the bill. Sandi Bachom and Tarik Johnson went on the ground in NYC for Subverse to find out why people are protesting the bill.

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Hong Kong police use tear gas as protesters try to storm parliament

June 12 2019

Helen Roxburgh and Elaine Yu

(AFP) Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday as police tried to stop protesters storming the city’s parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China.

Police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons to disperse crowds of black-clad demonstrators — most of them young people and students — calling for authorities to scrap the Beijing-backed law.

Clashes broke out shortly after 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) — the deadline protesters had given for the government to abandon the controversial bill.

Rows of riot police were quickly outnumbered by protesters — many wearing face masks, helmets or goggles — who gathered in the centre of the city ahead of a scheduled debate in the city’s legislature.

By late morning, with crowds swelling and major roads blocked by throngs of protesters, officials in the Legislative Council (Legco) said they would delay the second reading of the bill “to a later date”.

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Hong Kong protest organizers say demonstrations swell to 2 million amid calls for top official to quit

Published Sun, Jun 16 2019 6:19 AM EDTUpdated Moments Ago

Kelly Olsen and Vivian Kam

Massive crowds took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a rally which organizers say drew almost 2 million people to demand the city’s top official resign a day after she suspended — but did not withdraw — unpopular legislation to allow extraditions to China that opponents say must be scrapped.

Citizens, many dressed in black, packed subway carriages as they made their way to participate in the march beginning in the late afternoon in hot, muggy weather. It followed a similar one last Sunday in which hundreds of thousands turned out. Crowds also lined up to take ferries across the city’s famed harbor to join the demonstration.

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Protesters demand that embattled Hong Kong leader resign

CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and TASSANEE VEJPONGSA

June 17 2019

HONG KONG (AP) — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office of the city’s leader, demanding that she step down in the crisis over a highly unpopular extradition bill that has tested the durability of China’s promises to respect the former British colony’s quasi-autonomy.

The mostly young protesters blocked a street near the city’s waterfront as they stood outside the office of Chief Executive Carrie Lam chanting calls for her to cancel the proposed legislation.

As night fell, protest leaders debated their next steps. Some wanted to set a deadline for a meeting with Lam. Others decided to head home.

Nearly 2 million Hong Kong residents, young and old, joined a march on Sunday that lasted late into the night to express their frustrations with Lam and the extradition bill, backed by Beijing. Many stayed on afterward.

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