Hong Kong protesters march with mock coffin of city leader

Hong Kong protesters march with mock coffin of city leader

Protesters anonymously posted plans online, notifying of their continued efforts to get the government to withdraw a proposed extradition bill that would allow courts to send Hong Kong citizens convicted of certain crimes to trial in mainland China.

Pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung (梁國雄) accused Lam of being arrogant, saying that she has shown no remorse and refused to say that introducing the legislation was a mistake.

"We want to raise awareness in Washington that the United States has to do more now to help Hong Kong become fully democratic", said a resident of the nearby town of Fanling, who was one of five people in the crowd carrying USA flags.

The government has made concessions after widespread demonstrations forced the cancellation of an extradition bill.

The planned protest in Sheung Shui is the latest in a string of demonstrations that have roiled the former British colony for more than a month, fuelling its biggest political crisis since China re-gained control of the territory in 1997.

On Monday last week, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain back to China, a peaceful march drew hundreds of thousands of people.

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Tens of thousands of protesters staged an anti-extradition march the next day through one of the most popular tourist shopping areas in Kowloon, where they tried to win support from mainland Chinese tourists. The activists also want the government to drop its descriptions of the protests as "riots", to release those arrested, and to move toward universal suffrage.

Bowing to the demonstrators, Chief Executive Carrie Lam came close to admitting defeat by calling the controversial legislation "dead". "We want to ask Carrie Lam, when are you going to speak the truth?"

Speaking to media after attending yesterday's event, Tam Yiu-chung, the sole Hong Kong member of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, described Wang's remarks as messages from Beijing that rule of law and stability are extremely important to Hong Kong, and that the central leadership aims to protect the "one country, two systems".

"The government, Carrie Lam, some legislators in functional constituencies are not elected by the people, so there are many escalating actions in different districts to reflect different social issues", he said.

He went on to blast "some foreign forces" for interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and encouraged the whole society to "be on high alert and strongly oppose the extremely few people who become willing pawns of foreign forces in stirring up trouble.for their own interests". The parents of a Hong Kong man who plunged to his death after putting up banners against divisive extradition bills have urged young people to stay alive to continue their struggle.

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