Thousands marched to Hong Kong again and paralyzed the traffic around the legislature’s building to protest against the government’s bill for extradition currently being discussed, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) wrote in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The demonstrators spent the Tuesday night on the streets around the government building.
Against the Sunday mass demonstration, which became violent in several places, the present demonstration took place peacefully, although several attendees arrived at the scene with masks and goggles, while the police were waiting for seizure equipment, wrote SCMP.
The Hong Kong Police posted an entry on Facebook calling on the protesters to leave the scene, otherwise they would “force”.
Many are being challenged by the new extradition law because it would allow Hong Kong to release fugitives, including possibly political refugees, to China, and would also be able to apply for extradition of some of them in older cases. Opponents of the proposal question the fairness and transparency of the Chinese court system.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong governor, said Monday that the government is preparing additional amendments to the bill that will include the protection of human rights.
An amendment to the law on extradition has been introduced because a crime has highlighted the shortcomings of current extradition laws. Chan Tong-kai, a 20-year-old Hong Kong man, murdered his girlfriend in Taiwan in February 2018 after he learned that the young woman was waiting for another man’s child. After the murder, Chan returned to Hong Kong and, as there is no such agreement between Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Taiwanese authorities in vain asked for the man to be extradited. In Hong Kong, you could only accuse him of stealing your girlfriend’s bank card and valuables.
Hong Kong, which has a special administrative status and a population of seven million, has been autonomous under the “one country, two systems” principle since returning to China from the British colonial rule in 1997. However, many Hong Kong dislikes that Beijing is gradually getting the city under tighter control and is trying to increase its influence.