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Demonstration chokes HK as extradition anger boils

AFP, Hong Kong
Demonstration chokes HK as extradition anger boils
This overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through the street as they take part in a new rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong yesterday. Tens of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong as public anger seethed following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader. AFP Photo

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong yesterday against a reviled extradition law, the latest huge demonstration to pile pressure on the city's embattled leader, despite her weekend climbdown. The enormous show of force saw protesters chanting "Scrap the evil law!" as they marched through the streets calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam, who paused work on the hugely divisive bill Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood.

Throngs of black-clad protesters snaked their way through the city's streets in dense crowds heading to the city's parliament -- a repeat of a record-breaking demonstration a week earlier that organisers said more than a million people attended.

Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will entangle

people in China’s notoriously opaque and politicised courts and damage the city’s reputation as a safe business hub.

Although Lam, a pro-Beijing appointee, offered a rare concession on Saturday, she stopped short of committing to permanently scrapping the unpopular law.

Her gesture was swiftly rejected by protest leaders who called on her to resign, shelve the bill entirely and apologise for police using tear gas and rubber bullets earlier in the week. “Personally I think she can no longer govern Hong Kong, she has lost the public,” Dave Wong, a 38-year-old protester who works in finance, told AFP.

“She has pretended not to hear or see our troubles or the injured protesters, and even called them rioters — this makes us Hong Kong residents furious,” added demonstrator Calvin Wong.

- Anger at police -

The international finance hub was rocked Wednesday by the worst political violence since before its 1997 handover to China as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by baton-wielding riot police.

Many placards in the crowd Sunday accused police of using excessive force.

“You’re supposed to protect us not shoot at us,” read one banner.

“The police should not use rubber bullets, tear gas, and bean bag rounds to deal with the students,” protester Ben Choi told AFP.

 

 

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