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16 June 2019 antiextradition 159

 

Close to two million people hit the streets on Sunday (16th June 2019) to call on the Hong Kong government to withdraw a controversial extradition bill, according to organisers.

The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) figure represents 28.5 per cent of the city’s population, and would make the demonstration the largest in Hong Kong history.

It is almost double the turnout figure they gave for last Sunday’s anti-extradition law protest.

Police claimed 338,000 joined the designated walking route at the peak of the demonstration.

The CHRF – a coalition of pro-democracy groups – said the turnout was almost two million “plus one,” to represent a man who fell to his death on Saturday while protesting the bill. Protesters on Sunday wore all black and carried white funeral flowers to honour the 35-year-old man surnamed Leung.

Hong Kong proposed legal amendments in February to allow the city to handle case-by-case extradition requests from jurisdictions with no prior agreements, most notably China and Taiwan.

The bill would enable the chief executive and local courts to handle extradition requests without legislative oversight, although lawyers, journalists, foreign politicians and businesses have raised concerns over the risk of residents being extradited to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections.

On Saturday, following months of criticism, the government said it would postpone the bill and explain it further to the public.

 

www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/17/almost-2-million-attended-a...

 

【明報專訊】《逃犯條例》修訂風波不斷升溫,即使行政長官林鄭月娥前日宣布暫緩修例仍未能平息民憤,民陣昨日再度發起遊行,重申要求撤回修例及林太下台,遊行人潮由上周日的白衣換成黑衣,由「痛心疾首」與「撤回惡法」兩幅黑白直幡帶領,再由白晝走到黑夜。警方罕有先後全數開放軒尼詩道、駱克道、莊士敦道、謝斐道和告士打道西行線,予整天不絕的人潮。遊行歷時逾8小時才結束,民陣稱近200萬人參與,屬歷來最高遊行人數,警方則估計經原定遊行路線最高峰人數約33.8萬。

 

政府昨晚於遊行未結束已發聲明回應,林鄭月娥承認因為政府工作的不足,令社會出現很大矛盾和紛爭,令市民失望和痛心,就事件向市民致歉。政府強調已停止立法會大會對修訂《逃犯條例》的工作,冀社會盡快回復平靜和避免任何人受傷;但至今日凌晨截稿,大批遊行者仍未散去,在夏愨道和特首辦外聚集。

 

news.mingpao.com/pns/要聞/article/20190617/s00001/15607...

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