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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:22 PM

'They're kids, not rioters': new generation of protesters bring Hong Kong to standstill

Source: The Guardian

'They're kids, not rioters': new generation of protesters bring Hong Kong to standstill

Authorities urged to withdraw extradition bill as Carrie Lam apology fails to calm ire

Emma Graham-Harrison and Verna Yu in Hong Kong
Sun 16 Jun 2019 15.24 BST First published on Sun 16 Jun 2019 01.33 BST

A wave of protesters hundreds of thousands strong, most dressed in black and many carrying white flowers of mourning, have swept through central Hong Kong to denounce a controversial extradition law and demand the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, steps down.

They poured in from all over the city, in numbers so large that the march route had to be extended, and then widened, with crowds spilling from the main road to fill neighbouring streets, and halting all traffic outside government headquarters.

Echoes of protest songs, hymns and chants bounced off the surrounding high rises as darkness fell and then into the evening, hours after the early afternoon start of the protest, which remained peaceful throughout.

It was an extraordinary show of grassroots political power in a city where residents cannot choose their leaders but are free to take to the streets to denounce them. Veteran activists with years of protest experience walked beside novices who had little interest in politics until this crisis flared up.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/16/hong-kong-protests-carrie-lam-china


Source: BBC

Hong Kong protest: 'Nearly two million' join demonstration

16 June 2019

Nearly two million people have taken part in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, organisers say.

The number has not been independently verified. If confirmed, it would be the largest protest there since 1989.

The masses turned out despite the suspension of the bill - which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China - on Saturday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Sunday apologised for proposing the bill.

Many protesters, who fear increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong, are calling on her to resign over the unrest.


Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48656471

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