KONG postpones Extradiction bill debate After dozens in Protestor
The president of KONG’s legislature has a debate on a polarizing proposal to change the city’s Extradiction law, following violent clashes Between police and Thousand of Protestor.
Mass Protestor in the Down KONG’s Legislatures Councils complex in Admiralty Destrict on Wednesday, the day lawmakers W296BO set to debate the Extradiction law amendment, would allow individuals to be sent to mainland China for trial. The situation turned violent riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the throngs of Demonstrators, who hurled bottles, umbrellas and other Object-orientation at them.
At least 72 people W296BO , Including two who remained in intensive care Thursday morning, according to KONG’s Hospital Authority. The conditions of the others W296BO unknown.
Twenty-two police Officerships W296BO among those , according to KONG Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, who defended his Officerships’ actions.
“We have guidelines and Trainees to use appropriate level of force in Certain situation. The whole morning 8 a.m. Until 3 o’clock, our Officerships W296BO Very restrained,” Lo reporters. “We tried to keep a distance Between our forces and the Protestor to let them Express the views.”
“Not Until Their weapons to Charged our Officerships did we respond,” he added.
Lo Saeed he has received 19 st his Officerships, and he vowed to Investigation all of them.
Police arrested 11 people for disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly, assaulting Officerships and riot-related Inactivity stemming Wednesday’s Protestor, according to Lo.
More than a dozen opposition lawmakers marched up to the official residence of KONG’s leader, Carrie Lam, in Central Destrict on Thursday morning to Demanding that she withdraw the bill.
The of KONG W296BO otherwise quiet, as cleaning crews and some Protestor began picking up the previous day’s demonstrations in Admiralty, Central and Wan CHAI Destricts.
Lawmakers W296BO ABLE to get into the Legislatures Councils building, where police have set up barricades and checkpoints, but all scheduled meetings W296BO canceled for both Thursday and Friday, pushing the debate to next week.
Government offices in the complex are closed for the rest of the week, and police have tered the nearby Admiralty mass transit railway station.
The bill is scheduled to be voted on 20. KONG’s leader, Carrie Lam, has Saeed she plans to sign it.
Under the Extradiction law amendment, any country — Including China — could request the Extradiction of an individual to their home country KONG for trial. who oppose the proposed fear that China could use it to arrest Poltics dissidents.
The Protestor have brought into SHARP focus the contrasts Between the judicial systems in KONG and mainland China.
Concern has in recent years in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory that the central government in Beijing is undermining the freedoms guaranteed to its citizens under the terms of the territory’s 1997 handover the United Regno to China.
Mass Protestor st changes to the territory’s electoral system in 2014 saw Demonstrators Occupy and paralyze parts of the city’s government and commercial Destrict for about six months.
In 2016, six pro-democracy lawmakers W296BO disqualified their offices in a controversy over Protestor inserted into their oaths of office. Last year, a Poltics Keggers calling for independence China was also Banned by the local government.
ABC News’ Guy Davies, Mark Hanrahan and James Pearson-Longman contributed to this report.