Hong kong citizens have protested much controversial extradition bill that allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. The violent clashes have broken out in Hong Kong amid protests against this bill.
With this new extradition treaty, people fear of misuse of it. “Hong Kong will just become another Chinese city if this bill is passed,” one 18-year-old protester told the BBC.
Although HK government said that the extradition will depend on case to case basis, Hong Kong citizens are not convinced. This was biggest protest in since 1997 when Hong Kong was handed over to China.
Tens of thousands of anti-extradition bill protesters engaged in violent clashes with Hong Kong police near the city’s legislature on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters (7 years old to 77 years old) who were trying to enter government buildings.
The stand-off forced the Legislative Council to delay a scheduled debate on the extradition bill.
The global leaders are expressing their views towards the protest.
In an official statement, the canadian government said, “We urge the Hong Kong government to listen to its people and its many friends around the world, and allow time for thorough consultation and consideration before making any amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance.
“Freedom of expression and assembly are the bedrock of Hong Kong’s free society. It is vital that any legislation preserve Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rule of law, and independent judiciary.”
US president Mr Donald Trump was hopeful and said he is sure China and Hong Kong “will be able to work it out” as the international community has called for protesters’ rights to be respected and demonstrators vowed not to retreat over their calls for the extradition bill to be scrapped.
The British foreign secretary, Mr Jeremy Hunt, urged the Hong Kong government “listen to the concerns of its people and its friends in the international community and to pause and reflect on these controversial measures”
Considering the protest and its impact, the government of Carrie Lam has proposed amendments to the extradition laws that would allow extradition requests from authorities in mainland China, Taiwan and Macau for suspects accused of criminal wrongdoing such as murder and rape.
Lawmakers have postponed the second reading of the bill, which would make it easier to send people to mainland China to stand trial.
There is no protest today.
Source: BBC and South China Morning Post The Guardian
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