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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:06 AM

Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands block streets - live [View all]

Source: The Guardian

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on Wednesday ahead of a debate on the controversial extradition laws that was due to take place in Hong Kong’s legislative council at 11am.

The debate was called off and rescheduled “to a later time to be determined” after protesters blocked streets near the legislative council’s chamber.

Protesters remained on the streets, as protesters said they did not trust the government not to call the debate as soon as the roads were cleared of protesters.

Earlier in the day police in riot gear, armed with rifles, used water cannons and pepper spray to disperse protesters, who in term sought to protect themselves using umbrellas, wrapping their skin in clingfilm and wearing helmets, masks and goggles.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/jun/12/hong-kong-protest-demonstrators-and-police-face-off-over-extradition-bill-live







Critics of the bill of amendments to the extradition laws cite the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions and forced confessions in the Chinese judicial system.
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On Sunday, organisers say, more than a million people took to the streets holding placards and demanding the government abandon the amendments, though police estimated turnout was 240,000 at its peak.

After the largely peaceful protest, a number of protesters clashed with police outside the LegCo building, leading to injuries and arrests.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48591001

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