Hong Kong delays extradition bill debate as thousands take to the streets in protest
Added 06-12-19 02:18:07am EST - “HONG KONG ?" Hong Kong delayed a legislative session on a contentious extradition bill as thousands of protesters amassed to block entry to the building Wednesday out of concern the measure signaled?” - Nypost.com
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HONG KONG — Hong Kong delayed a legislative session on a contentious extradition bill as thousands of protesters amassed to block entry to the building Wednesday out of concern the measure signaled greater Chinese control and further erosion of civil liberties in the semiautonomous territory.
The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators filled nearby streets, overturned barriers and tussled with police outside the government headquarters and offices of the Legislative Council.
A statement from the government’s press service said the session of the Hong Kong’s Legislative Council that was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. would be “changed to a later time to be determined” by the council secretariat. Council members would be notified of the time of the meeting later, the statement said.
A protester who gave only his first name, Marco, said he hoped the action would persuade Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s administration to shelve the proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance.
“We want the government to just set the legislation aside and not bring it back,” he said.
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