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13:25  13 june  2019
13:25  13 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill will not be scrapped

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill will not be scrapped Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader said Monday she had no plans to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after huge crowds came out to oppose the proposal. "This is a very important piece of legislation that will help to uphold justice and also ensure that Hong Kong will fulfil her international obligations in terms of cross-boundary and transnational crimes," chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters. The city government is pushing a bill through the legislature that would allow extraditions to any jurisdiction with which it does not already have a treaty -- including mainland China.

HONG KONG — Latest on the protests in Hong Kong over proposed extradition legislation (all The Hong Kong Hospital Authority said Wednesday that two of the people were in serious condition . Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong ’s legislature and government

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Hong Kong protests: Two people in serious condition with legislature on lockdown© Anthony Kwan/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JUNE 12: A police officer fire teargas during a protest on June 12, 2019 in Hong Kong China. Large crowds of protesters gathered in central Hong Kong as the city braced for another mass rally in a show of strength against the government over a divisive plan to allow extraditions to China. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

At least two people are in serious condition in Hong Kong hospitals after a long day and night of violence between police and protesters.

An estimated 5,000 riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bags at tens of thousands of protesters as they forcibly cleared streets around the city's Legislative Council in Admiralty.

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Hong Kong – Police here fired tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters Such protests are never tolerated in mainland China, and Hong Kong residents can face travel "I would also like to ask the people in this gathering to stay calm and leave the scene as soon as The government pushed ahead with plans to present the amendments to the legislature on

+ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Confrontations went late into the night as crowds of mostly young, college-aged protesters were pushed back from the Legislative Council complex towards the city's Central district.

At least 79 people were injured in the violence, with two remaining in serious condition, according to a spokesman for Hong Kong's information bureau.

At a press conference Thursday evening, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said 11 people had been arrested over Wednesday's protests on charges of disorderly conduct in a public place, unlawful assembly, and assaulting a police officer.

He said 22 police sustained injuries during the protests, although it is not clear whether the 79 injured includes the number of police who were hurt.

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Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China where they could face politically charged trials. The massive demonstration took place three days before the government's

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Lo said that protestors acted violently in an organized manner using bricks and sharpened metal poles to attack police. "We had no choice but to escalate the use of force," Lo said. "We strongly condemn the violent behavior of the rioters."

In a series of statements, the legislature said no meeting to discuss the extradition bill would be held on Thursday or Friday -- a partial victory for protesters and opposition lawmakers, who have been calling for it to be postponed or dropped altogether.

"Announcement will be made once the President determines the time of the meeting," a statement said.

Central government offices next door to the legislature would also closed be Thursday and Friday, according to a statement.

There was an extremely heavy police presence around the Legislative Council building and the city's Admiralty area Thursday. Dozens of protesters were also in the area, though their presence was very small compared to the previous day. Photos and videos on social media showed protesters cleaning up litter and debris leftover from Wednesday's clashes.

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HONG KONG — Latest on the protests in Hong Kong over proposed extradition legislation (all The Hong Kong Hospital Authority said Wednesday that two of the people were in serious condition . Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong ’s legislature and government

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered around Hong Kong 's local legislature on Wednesday, and The government says he can't currently be extradited to Taiwan because the two territories do not Hong Kong protests last made international news in 2014, during what has been deemed the

Although Hong Kong is part of China, it has separate laws that follow a UK-style system and no capital punishment, unlike mainland China. Many people fear that the proposed extradition law means they could be taken from Hong Kong by Chinese authorities for political or inadvertent business offenses.

Hong Kong protests: Two people in serious condition with legislature on lockdown© Google Earth

Speaking Thursday, opposition lawmakers accused the police of overreaction and likened the violence to scenes more typically associated with mainland China.

"The protesters joined the rally with Hong Kong's best interests at heart," pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung said at a presser. "The government has no heart at all."

Sudden violent turn

Police and authorities were completely wrong-footed Wednesday morning as protesters ran into roads around the legislature and blocked them. Within an hour, the crowd was in full control of Harcourt and Lung Wo roads, two main traffic arteries in central Hong Kong.

Scenes around midday were highly reminiscent of the Hong Kong's previous mass protest in 2014, known as the Umbrella Movement. Opposition lawmakers congratulated the young protesters for their success in blocking off the Legislative Council and preventing the day's scheduled debate from going forward.

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Beijing calls Hong Kong protests 'riots', supports govt's response Beijing on Thursday described the mass protests against Hong Kong's extradition bill as "riots", and said it supported the local government's response.

Protesters again converged on Hong Kong 's legislature Wednesday to protest a contentious extradition bill, and over the last several days, things have gotten ugly. Wednesday's protests came after more than a million demonstrators filled the streets Sunday to protest the bill.

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"(This) boils down to a display of people power in Hong Kong, a display in particular of young people power," lawmaker Claudia Mo told the tens of thousands who had gathered outside the Legislative Council building.

"At the end of the Umbrella Movement, didn't we say, 'we will be back'? And now, we are back!"

Thousands of protesters sat around chatting happily, occasionally joining in with triumphant chants. As it reached midday, they were joined by many office workers from nearby buildings in Admiralty.

That happy atmosphere took a dark turn as protesters continued to push their lines forward and met heavy police resistance around the central government offices on Tim Wa Avenue.

After briefly seizing control of that road, protesters were forced back by repeated police tear gas barrages, pepper spray and baton charges. Police in heavy riot gear then cleared the street.

From there, everything descended into chaos as a huge police deployment moved towards the main Harcourt Road protest camp from multiple directions, eventually forcing protesters onto roads leading towards Central and Wan Chai.

As violent clashes erupted between protesters and the authorities late Wednesday afternoon local time, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said the demonstration was being considered a "riot."

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HONG KONG : Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Riot police ringed Hong Kong ’s legislature and fought

Hong Kong 's pro -Beijing leader has refused to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese Organisers said as many as one million people turned out - the largest protest Ms Lam's government is pushing a bill through the legislature that would allow extraditions to any jurisdiction

Under Hong Kong law, rioting is considered a serious offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Protest groups accused police of using excessive force, and videos posted on social media showed officers beating unarmed protesters and firing rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at point blank range.

On Thursday, Lo confirmed that police had received 19 complaints relating to police behavior, including allegations of assault. He said police would investigate.

'Hong Kong people are furious'

The extradition bill has been met with widespread opposition since it was first mooted, including from the city's traditionally conservative business community.

Wednesday's protests came three days after a march in which organizers said more than a million people took part -- or roughly one in seven Hong Kong residents. Police gave a lower figure of 240,000 but the peaceful protest was by most independent measures the largest since the city's handover from British to Chinese control in 1997.

Despite the mass demonstrations, the government, led by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, has refused to withdraw the extradition bill, saying it is needed to plug loopholes to prevent the city from becoming a haven for mainland fugitives.

On Monday, Lam said safeguards had been added to the bill to protect human rights and had received no instruction from Beijing to push it forward. Hong Kong's lawmakers had planned to dedicate 66 hours across five days to debating the bill.

"Hong Kong people are furious," senior Democratic Party lawmaker James To said Tuesday. "Our chief executive just ignored the people's voice, despite the peaceful rally of a million Hong Kong people."

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