Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Hong Kong leader says China extradition bill is 'dead'

Hong Kong government says controversial extradition bill is 'dead' Hong Kong leader says China extradition bill is 'dead'
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2019, 13:05

In panicky scenes, fleeing protesters scrambled over each other, some falling to the ground.

Similar protests have included a march last week by almost 2,000 people in the Tuen Mun residential district to protest against what they saw as the nuisance of brash singing and dancing to Mandarin pop songs by middle-aged mainland women.

Reports Saturday said thousands rallied in a town near the border with mainland China, opposing Chinese traders who make trips into Hong Kong to buy goods to sell in Beijing.

Sometimes violent, the protests have drawn in millions of people, with hundreds even storming the legislature on July 1 to oppose a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to China to face trial in courts under ruling Communist Party control.

In recent years there has been a backlash against the influx of mainland tourists and immigrants, with more hardcore protesters describing them in derogatory terms such as "locusts".

Amy Chan, a 25-year-old bank employee, called the protest a continuing action building on the momentum of the anti-extradition law rallies.

Many shops popular with parallel traders and mainland tourists closed in Sheung Shui, fearing being targeted by protesters.

The city's leader, Carrie Lam, has pledged to do a better job of listening to all sectors of society, but many protesters want her to resign.

"But there are still doubts about the government's sincerity or concerns as to whether the government will restart the Legislative Council process", she said Tuesday.

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According to the Hong Kong Free Press, more protests are planned due to continued public skepticism over the government's intent.

The protest in Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, started peacefully but devolved into skirmishes, with demonstrators throwing umbrellas at police who retaliated by swinging batons and firing pepper spray.

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"These days there is really no trust of China, and so the protesters come out", said Jennie Kwan, 73.

"If political problems are not solved, social well-being issues will continue to emerge endlessly".

A protester sits in front of a police van to block it, in Hong Kong on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Hong Kong police pepper spray protesters at the Chinese border".

In a statement late Saturday police said they deployed force after protesters began arguing with locals and "attempted to charge at police officers when the officers intervened".

"A growing number of citizens have learned from a string of violent incidents recently that tolerating illegal behavior or giving excuses to violent acts would present a blatant challenge to the spirit of rule of law in Hong Kong, damage the interests of all Hong Kong people at the end", Wang said.