Friday, 28 January 2022

Thousands protest against China extradition law

(Reuters photo)

CHINA: Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong over a proposed law change that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Officials say they need to amend the law before July so that they can extradite a murder suspect to Taiwan.

Demonstrators – some marching with umbrellas – fear Beijing is trying to exert more power over the territory. Police estimate that about 22,000 people took part, while organisers say this figure was closer to 130,000.

Hong Kong has a separate legal system to mainland China, thanks to “one country, two systems”.

Protest organisers said 12,000 people took the streets on Sunday, while police estimated the crowd at 5,200 at its peak.

“Hong Kong people all have to bear the negative consequence of this ordinance. This carries the risk of personal freedom being restricted,” Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller who said in 2016 he was detained by Chinese agents, told the crowd.

The government said last week it will present the amendments to legislators on Wednesday.

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