Hong Kong Activist Walks Free, Calls On Pro-Beijing Leader To Resign

Hong Kong Activist Walks Free, Calls On Pro-Beijing Leader To Resign

Protesters remain unmoved by the freeing of activist Joshua Wong and the apology of the territory's chief executive Carrie Lam. About 2 million people took part, making it the largest protest in Hong Kong history.

"Veterans like me have to come out and defend the future of Hong Kong's younger generation", he said.

"Her government can not be an effective government, and will have much, much, much difficulties to carry on", veteran Democratic Party legislator James To told government-funded broadcaster RTHK. Mourners piled flowers at the site of a man who fell to his death after hanging a protest banner.

In a coincidence of timing, 22-year-old Joshua Wong, the face of Hong Kong's push for full democracy, walked free from prison on Monday.

Wong also expressed concerns for the message these laws would send to foreign companies operating in Hong Kong.

Lots of countries have extradition bills, why is this so contentious?

Carrie Lam step down.

The vast majority of Hong Kong residents fled persecution, political chaos or starvation in the Chinese mainland.

Wong served half of a two-month sentence for contempt related to his involvement in the 2014 protests advocating a more democratic elections process.

Although Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, many residents still value the city's unique history, civil liberties, and strong rule of law that has attracted so many foreign companies to make Hong Kong their Asia headquarters.

Police, who historically give far lower estimates for political protests, said 338,000 people turned out at the demonstration's "peak" on Sunday. They say the suspension of the extradition bill that set off the past week's demonstrations was not enough.

As the political crisis entered its second week, demonstrators and opposition politicians braved intermittent rain to gather near the government's offices and call for the bill to be killed and for her to step down. He predicted that if Lam remains in office, more and more people will "join our fight until the day we get back our basic human rights and freedom".

Wayne Chan Ka-kui, head of the Hong Kong-based organization Students Independence Union, was among those attending the Taipei rally.

Two million marching despite the suspension of a bill that would allow the extradition of political prisoners to mainland China. "It's not going to happen", the official told Reuters.

That authority is one that's curbed freedom of speech in China, and Oliver said this is what is primarily driving the protests. They were streaming into an outdoor space near the city's legislative chamber that had been closed off earlier.

Their decision to leave major streets allowed police to reopen them to traffic, averting the possibility of clashes similar to those that broke out June 12, resulting in about 80 people being injured.

Hundreds were lying or sitting on the roads until they agreed to move to the plaza outside the government building and a spacious nearby park.

The rally was organized by several local organizations, including Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy (TYAD), Taiwan Citizen Act Front, and a watch group established by current and former Hong Kong students studying in Taiwan, according to local media.

It said Chief Executive Carrie Lam "apologized to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most honest and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public". "Hong Kong's police have today failed to live up to this standard".

A woman in black speaking for the protesters responded with her own microphone. Many say changes to the rule of law could imperil Hong Kong's status as a global financial center.

The protesters, many in masks and other gear to guard against possible use of tear gas, argued with police for a time but eventually relented.

But the situation remains fluid and more mass protests could bring a re-think by Beijing's leaders.

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