Hong Kong protesters take aim at Chinese traders

Hong Kong government says controversial extradition bill is 'dead'

A small group of protesters yesterday paraded around the Hong Kong government headquarters with a mock coffin of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) as activists announced more protests.

After a month of protests that saw as many as two million people in the streets at one time, Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region (SAR) government claims it has made a decision to no longer pursue an extradition bill with Mainland China. On Tuesday, she declared the legislation "dead", but protesters want her government to formally withdraw it and quit, among other demands. Protest leader Leung Kwok-hung says Lam should apologize and step down.

"If we indulge crimes and breaches of the law, even whitewash, exonerate or give them support, that would be a blatant challenge to the rule of law in Hong Kong, which will eventually hurt the interest of all the Hong Kong people", he said.

In addition to calling for the withdrawal of the bill, demonstrators have asked for Lam to resign, for an inquiry into the use of force by the police at a June 12 protest and for detained and arrested protesters to be set free.

The planned protest in Sheung Shui is the latest in a string of demonstrations that have roiled the former British colony for more than a month, fuelling its biggest political crisis since China re-gained control of the territory in 1997.

Critics fear suspects could face unfair and politicized trials in China, and that critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party could be targeted.

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Tens of thousands of protesters staged an anti-extradition march the next day through one of the most popular tourist shopping areas in Kowloon, where they tried to win support from mainland Chinese tourists. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"Effects on social wellbeing are starting to show that if disputes carry on in Hong Kong, problems and risks will only accumulate", he said, while urging all sectors to join together to build a better Hong Kong.

"The government, Carrie Lam, some legislators in functional constituencies are not elected by the people, so there are many escalating actions in different districts to reflect different social issues", he said.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to media over an extradition bill in Hong Kong, China July 9, 2019.

Speaking at a ceremony for launch of a committee that will coordinate the October 1 National Day celebrations, Wang slammed foreign forces for their alleged meddling in Hong Kong affairs, and also warned Hongkongers to stay on guard against a few locals who were seeking to create chaos in the city.

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