China demands U.S. `stop interfering` in Hong Kong

China demands U.S. `stop interfering` in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - the Asian financial hub took to the streets to protest against the bill. "Because now we've got to this stage, if you don't come out to try to do what you can, then it will end up too late, you won't be able to say or do anything about it".

In what was recorded as Hong Kong's largest protest since the 1997 handover, over 1 million protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday, three days before the Legislative Council is slated to take up the bill.

"We want to tell Carrie Lam that we don't want Hong Kong to become a Chinese city", one man yelled through a loudhailer, referring to Hong Kong's chief executive. China has been left out of agreements because of concerns over the country's judicial system and human rights offenses.

Chinese state-run media on Monday slammed the territory's protest organisers for "collusion with the West" and pointed to meetings between Hong Kong opposition figures and senior USA officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "There is a dissatisfaction with it all".

Authorities in Taiwan suspect the woman's boyfriend, who remains in Hong Kong, but can not try him because no extradition agreement is in place.

The amendment, the Hong Kong government argues, would enable the suspect to be extradited and tried in Taiwan. The protests dominated newspaper front pages in a city that allows far more freedom of expression than other parts of China.

But Hong Kong community leader in Melbourne, Jane Poon, told the ABC the statement is too weak.

Hong Kong's leaders say it is needed to plug loopholes and to stop the city being a sanctuary for fugitives and that safeguards are in place to ensure political critics of Beijing will not be targeted.

Lam said Sunday's protest shows Hong Kong's enduring commitment to its people's freedoms.

Because of Hong Kong's relative autonomy, it comes under different regulations than China regarding legal and travel matters, according to Taiwan's laws, the groups said. Since its accession to China, a condition of which was that Hong Kong would maintain its public institutions, including courts, the contradiction of a relatively free and prosperous Hong Kong in the Party-controlled country has remained.

A Facebook post called on people to enjoy a picnic next to government offices on Wednesday morning, describing the area as "among the best picnic sites". Some pushed strollers while others walked with canes, and chanted slogans in favour of greater transparency in government.

She warned against any "radical actions", following clashes in the early hours of Monday between some protesters and police after Sunday's otherwise peaceful march. Police in riot gear used batons and tear gas to push the protesters outside.

No one was reported injured in either incident. There is a heavy police presence around the building, and young people have been stopped and searched.

An editorial in the state-run China Daily newspaper said the "long overdue" legal amendments were being introduced to "prevent Hong Kong from becoming a safe haven for criminals".

"There are more die-hard pro-Beijing parties" in the legislative council now, says Prof Sing, "and they have a almost zero chance of reversing their stance".

The Hong Kong government proposed amendments to the current extradition law in February, citing the case of a 20-year-old Hong Kong woman who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend during their trip to Taipei.

As the overflowing throngs marched, Hong Kong authorities threatened to use force if people spilled over police barriers. On Monday Carrie Lam refused to delay or scrap the extradition bill, and said her administration had already made major concessions to protect human rights.

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