Hundreds of thousands take to streets in renewed Hong Kong protests
Thousands of people have once again taken to the streets in Hong Kong to protest against the district government’s decision to only suspend rather than completely withdraw consideration of an amendment to the extradition law, the South China Morning Post reported.
On Saturday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced it was suspending consideration of an amendment to the extradition law that, if approved, would allow Hong Kong to extradite suspects to jurisdictions with which it does not have an extradition agreement, including Taiwan, Macau and mainland China. The central authorities of the People’s Republic of China expressed support, understanding and respect for the decision of the Hong Kong government.
But opponents of the bill protested again on Sunday afternoon, demanding that the law be fully revoked, and demanding an apology from Chief Executive Carrie Lamb. There are also calls for resignation.
Last Wednesday in Hong Kong there was another thousands of protests of residents against amendments to the law on extradition, during which there were clashes of police with protesters. Hong Kong’s police chief called the clashes “massive riots,” saying police had no choice but to use force. As a result, pepper and tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and smoke bombs went into action. As a result of the protests, 72 people aged between 15 and 66 were injured and arrested, and police arrested 11 people for rioting.