The leaders of Hong Kong have promised to press ahead with Beijing-backed legislation easing extraditions to China despite one of Hong Kong’s largest protests since the former British colony’s return two decades ago. It was told to the reporters by the Chief Executive Carrie Lam that the government “could see that the people are still concerned about the bill,” which would allow Hong Kong to enter into one-time agreements with places such as mainland China and Taiwan to transfer Criminal Suspects. She said the legislation has previously been amended to protect human rights and said it was up to Hong Kong’s elected legislative council to make further changes.
The Riot Police has ringed Hong Kong’s legislature and fought back a hardcore group of several hundred protestors who stayed behind early after the peaceful march of Sunday that organizers said drew more than a million people, or one in seven of the city’s people.
The protestors have plunged Hong Kong into a political crisis, just as happened in 2014, heaping the pressure on Lam’s administration and her official backers in Beijing. Chants echoed to the high-rise city streets for calling on her to quit. “Extradite yourself, Carrie,” one placard read. Britain handed Hong Kong to China under the provision of “one country, two systems” formula with the guarantee of its autonomy and freedom which includes an independent justice system would be protected.
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