Bill suspension doesn’t stop Hong Kong protestors returning to streets

Bill suspension doesn’t stop Hong Kong protestors returning to streets

Agency News

Hong Kong, Jun 16: Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended.
The bill, which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China, has prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week.
A BBC News report said the Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been "suspended" for the time being.
But protest leaders demanded that the bill was scrapped.
Some have called on Ms Lam to resign over the unrest.
By early Sunday afternoon, large crowds had gathered in the city's Victoria Square, many wearing black or carrying white flowers. Organisers said they hoped more than a million people would attend, though no formal estimates of the crowd have yet been made.
The progress of the march was slow, as the large numbers of people blocked many streets and crowded train stations.
Many held white flowers to mourn a protester who fell to his death on Saturday after climbing a ledge to unfurl an anti-extradition banner.
Protesters also carried placards that read "the students did not riot", in response to police labelling Wednesday's student protests a riot - an offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
There was scepticism among some protesters about Ms Lam's decision to suspend the bill.
"Carrie Lam has ignored the feelings of Hong Kongers," said Mr Ma, a 67-year-old protester. He said Ms Lam had "acted like it was no big deal" after a reported million people marched last week. "Secondly, we are marching for the students who were brutally treated by the police," he said. "We need to get justice for them."
Chloe Yim, 20, who had joined the protests for the first time, said: "If Carrie sees so many people come out, and still doesn't listen - she's being an autocrat who doesn't listen to people. Hong Kong people can't accept that."
What is the controversy about?
Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" deal that guarantees it a level of autonomy.

The government had argued the proposed extradition bill would "plug the loopholes" so that the city would not be a safe haven for criminals, following a murder case in Taiwan.
Critics have said the legislation would expose people in Hong Kong to China's deeply flawed justice system and lead to further erosion of the city's judicial independence.
Many fear the law could be used to target political opponents of the Chinese state. A large-scale march, which organisers said drew more than one million people, was held last Sunday.
On Wednesday tens of thousands gathered to blockade streets around government headquarters to try to stop the second reading, or debate, of the extradition bill.
There were clashes and 22 police and 60 protesters were injured. Authorities say 11 people were arrested. The police have been accused by some rights groups of excessive force.
Much of the public anger has been directed at Lam, the region's elected chief executive - who is firmly supported by Beijing.
Part of that anger comes from a tearful address after Wednesday's violence in which she labelled the protests "organised riots".

She remained hidden from public view for days, until her announcement on Saturday the she had heard the calls for her government to "pause and think". But she stopped short of saying the bill would be permanently shelved. (UNI)