Hong Kong protesters march against traders from mainland China

Hong Kong government says controversial extradition bill is 'dead'

Hong Kong government says controversial extradition bill is 'dead'

Since early June, there has been an vast show of public opposition against a proposed extradition bill that would allow anyone in Hong Kong, including foreigners, to be sent to Mainland China to face trial under Chinese law.

Clashes broke out between police and Hong Kong demonstrators on Saturday as the latest anti-government protests took aim at traders coming across the border from mainland China.

Most protests centred on the central business district, but demonstrators have recently begun to look elsewhere to widen support by taking up narrower, more domestic issues. "The young protesters have been out in the street outside her house, outside government headquarters, for weeks, roaring to be heard". "We want to ask Carrie Lam, when are you going to speak the truth?"

Expressions on brightly-colored stickers adorn the walls, offering support, calling for the withdrawal of the draft legislation and criticizing the police's handling of related protests. Beijing-appointed Lam, who is not directly elected, and her government haven't acted in the people's interest, he said.

The two dozen marchers were mostly older veteran protesters like Leung, in contrast to the students and other young people who have been at the center of the past month's demonstrations.

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

When former colonial ruler Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, Chinese Communist leaders promised the city a high degree of autonomy for 50 years.

Hong Kong media mogul and democracy advocate Jimmy Lai met with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence this week over the extradition bill, while singer-activist Denise Ho gave a speech at the U.N. Human Rights Council on suppression of rights and freedom in Hong Kong and called on it to eject China as a member.

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"Some people were attacked and got injured in a stampede".

Protesters are demanding an independent investigation into alleged police abuse of force against demonstrators on June 12, when officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds blocking major streets. Now I feel so bad.

Protesters ripped up median barriers and fences to set up roadblocks and defenses.

"We have no weapons and we were peaceful".

"The anti-extradition protests have heightened our awareness over community issues, instead of waiting for the government to do something, we may as well take it in our own hands", said Vincent Yeung, a man in his 20s. "How can they hit us with batons?" he said, staring at a pool of blood where one of his peers was treated. Thousands marched last weekend against middle-aged mainland women who sing loudly and dance somewhat provocatively in a public park.

"We want to raise awareness in Washington that the United States has to do more now to help Hong Kong become fully democratic", said a resident of the nearby town of Fanling, who was one of five people in Saturday's crowd carrying USA flags.

Saturday's march passed by temporarily shuttered pharmacies and cosmetic shops that are popular with Chinese tourists and traders who bring goods back to sell in the mainland.

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