Monday, 14 October, 2019

Hong Kong protests approach border of mainland China

Hong Kong government says controversial extradition bill is 'dead' Hong Kong leader says China extradition bill is 'dead'
Patty Aguilar | 14 July, 2019, 13:08

Hong Kong Executive Director Carrie Lam tried to limit the possibility of future protests earlier this week and told reporters that there was no chance of a law allowing extradition to China being resumed.

The focus of the rallies has switched from the extradition bill, which would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, to broader issues that have roused deep-seated tension between Hong Kong people and mainland Chinese.

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.

In other comments, Wang said the central government firmly supports the Hong Kong police force as it performs its duties to protect the law.

Anti-extradition protesters plan another demonstration on Sunday in the town of Sha Tin, in the so-called New Territories between Hong Kong island and the border with China.

"The police also discovered that some had planned and distributed helmets, eye masks on a large scale near the Sheung Shui MTR station".

They marched to a police barricade at a protest site and bowed their heads for a moment of silence to mourn several young people who have died in recent weeks, including a man who fell to his death after unfurling banners against the legislation and a woman who left a suicide message.

"Citizens are really angry", said Ronald Leung of North District Parallel Imports Concern Group.

Anticipating the mass participation in the protest, some shops in Sheung Shui had shut down and public bus routes were diverted.

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Some one million mainlanders have moved to Hong Kong since its 1997 handover, a flashpoint issue in the notoriously overcrowded city which already boasts one of the world's most expensive property markets.

He praised Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Hong Kong's chief executive, for her efforts, saying she and her team were persevering in "governance in accordance with the law" and that they were "not avoiding hard tasks".

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

The Sheung Shui protests opposed small-time Chinese traders who make short trips into the territory to buy goods they then haul back to China to sell.

Tourists watch as protesters march in an area popular with Chinese tourists for its pharmacies and cosmetic shops, in Hong Kong, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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 police officer attacks protesters holding up umbrellas in Hong Kong Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong affairs, but many residents worry about what they see as an erosion of those freedoms and a relentless march toward mainland control.

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