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Hong Kong extradition: Protest mounts as controversial bill debated

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12th June, 2019 08:45:34 printer

Hong Kong extradition: Protest mounts as controversial bill debated

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Hong Kong as anger grows over a controversial bill allowing extradition to China.

An overnight vigil was held outside the Legislative Council, which is set to debate the bill on Wednesday.

In the early hours, the number of protesters swelled as they blocked key roads around government buildings.

Despite widespread opposition the government has said it will continue to push for extradition.

Critics cite the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions and forced confessions in the Chinese judicial system.

Various segments of society have spoken out against extradition to China in recent days including schools, lawyers and businesses, with hundreds of petitions also in circulation.

A number of businesses and workers also announced that they will go on strike.

Powerful business lobbies said they fear the plans will damage Hong Kong's competitiveness as a base of operations.

The government has promised legally binding human rights safeguards and other measures it says should alleviate concerns.

Nevertheless, this has led to the largest rallies the territory has seen since it was handed back to China by the British in 1997.

Police said they are also investigating death threats made against Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and members of the justice department over the bill.


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