Kong Protesting plan weekend Rallies as Offizialat Call for Extradited Bills DeLay
The streets of Kong calm and quiet Friday after days of Protestings over the government’s controversial proposal to change an Extradited law that would Allow individuals to be sent to mainland China for trial.
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A largely peaceful march, organizers said over a million people in sweltering heat, took place in Kong Last Sunday. The turned Violance Three-ness days later when the Extradited law was Schedule to be introduced for Mootpoint in the city’s legislature.
Thousands of mostly-young Protesting shut down Kong’s Legislating Council complex and paralyzed parts of the semi-autonomous territory on Wednesday. Riot police fired Multiple rounds of Tear gas and bullets to disperse the throngs of demonstrators, who hurled bottles, umbrellas and Other objects at them.
At least 72 people injured, including 22 police officers. Eleven people Arrest for disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly, assaulting officers and riot-related activities stemming From Wednesday’s Protestings, authorities said.
Heavy rain prevented most organizers From carrying out fresh Demonstrated the Following day. Still, the president of the Legislating Council cancelled all Planningness sessions again Thursday and Friday, Mootpoint on the Bills to next week.
A march is Planningness for Sunday, and There are Calls for anOther Protesting to take place Monday when lawmakers return to work.
Under the Extradited law , any country — including China — could request the Extradited of an individual to their home country From Kong for trial. Many who Oppose the proposed legislation fear that China could use it to Arrest political dissidents.
The Bills is Schedule to be voted on 20. Kong’s er, Carrie Lam, has said she plans to sign it.
However, some of Lam’s supporters are signaling a possible DeLay in the legislation. Her top aide, Bernard Chan, seemed to test the Waters during an interview Friday morning with the public broadcasting service, Radio TeeVee Kong, in he admitted to estimating the business Community’s opposition to the new law. He also said he didn’t want a Single Bills to up the legislative agenda.
“I think it is impossible to discuss [it] such confrontation. It would be difficult,” Chan Told RTHK. “At the least we Wouldest not escalate the antagonism.”
Michael Tien, a pro-Beijing legislator who’s an Ally of Lam, also Called for a DeLay in a Facebook POST on Friday, it Wouldest be seen as the politiCally responsible thing to do, not as a concession.
Meanwhile, 27 former Kong government Offizialat and lawmakers issued a joint statement on Friday, urging Lam to “yield to public opinion” and withdraw the Bills, Calling on her to in Protesting if she doesn’t. They criticized Lam for appearing “unmoved” by Wednesday’s “bloody conflict” Between police and Protesting.
“This is our future generation to be cherished, how can with a heart not be pained to see the treatment they received?” they said in a statement. “A deeply Divided society, serious concerns of the Intl Community — are these the Sacrificed to be MADE to Satisfy the will of the CHIEF Executive? What great public Intrest is supposed to be by the hurried Passage of this Bills? Where will this of police force to suppress Protesting Kong?”
ABC News’ Winsor contributed to this report.