Hong Kong media say controversial extradition bill may be suspended

Sunday, 16 Jun, 2019

Beijing on Friday denounced what it called "violent interference" by U.S. lawmakers critical of what they see as a worsening human rights environment in Hong Kong.

The protesters this time, unified for a very specific goal - to prevent a policy seen as an existential threat to Hong Kong's unique global position - have pledged not to back down.

"I believe most people in Hong Kong do not agree with the reasons why it has to be that rushed". Up until now, 853 individuals worth more than $100 million chose Hong Kong as the base for their income.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday announced the indefinite suspension of a controversial extradition bill, marking a major climbdown in response to escalating political turmoil following mass protests earlier this week.

Hundreds of mothers protest against the amendments to the extradition law after Wednesday's violent protest in Hong Kong on Friday, June 14, 2019.

He said he had urged the territory's government to reevaluate the situation.

It did rain a bit, but protesters also used umbrellas to fend off barrages of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and water, and to hit back at police in violent clashes that left more than 80 injured, both protesters and police.

Freeland said any legislation should preserve Hong Kong's autonomy, judicial independence and rule of law.

President Donald Trump said he was confident Hong Kong and China would resolve their differences over it.

The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong's 7 million residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or traveling in the city, has many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong's worldwide financial status. On April 28, I joined 130,000 protesters in Hong Kong to demand that the ordinance be rescinded. "However, if the legal system in China is able to extend itself into Hong Kong. that is where they have a problem".

According to some estimates, there are more than 200,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong.

In 2004, she was appointed Director General of London Hong Kong Economics Trade Office. Saturday's rally in Vancouver is being organized by the Canadian Friends of Hong Kong, the Vancouver Hong Kong Forum, and the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement.

"I want to stress that the government is adopting an open mind", she said.

China's embassy in Canada on Thursday denounced the Canadian government's recent comments on the ongoing protests as "irresponsible" and "erroneous".

The decision came after Beijing officials met in neighbouring Shenzhen to resolve the standoff, the South China Morning Post paper said. "Hong Kong has always been a safe place to live, to work and to do business in". "Freedom of expression and assembly are the bedrock of Hong Kong's free society". Many who oppose the proposed legislation fear that China could use it to arrest political dissidents.

China has detained two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation.

"It sends the signal that China is getting closer to managing the affairs of Hong Kong", said the executive, who has worked in Hong Kong for the past five years. "So that's why I have to speak up and do something about it". "Everyone is planning for a big march on Sunday like last week but no one knows what will happen at night or after", said a woman surnamed Chan, who was helping at a makeshift first aid and supply station.

"Every time they see evidence of it coming at them faster, it sinks in deeper".

The group also called on all workers, students and business owners to stage simultaneous strikes on Monday to show their opposition to the legislative initiative that would allow extradition to mainland China.

Hong Kong's embattled leader on Saturday said a divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China would be "suspended" in a major climbdown from her government after a week of unprecedented protests."The government has made a decision to suspend the legislative amendment exercise", chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters.

Our fight matters not just to Hong Kongers, but even more to the world, especially Canada, in light of the illegal detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on December 10 in China.