Hong Kong protesters resume chorus of opposition to extradition bill:The Asahi Shimbun

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

Demonstrators marched in heat of about 32 degrees Celsius (89.6°F) in Sha Tin, a town between Hong Kong island and the border with China, as the protests sweep outwards from the heart of the financial center into surrounding neighborhoods.

Last month, Lam suspended the bill indefinitely.

The town has previously been a battleground for Hong Kong people angry over the flood of Chinese day-trippers.

Opposition was fuelled by widespread public sentiment that this represented the latest and most significant erosion of Hong Kong's established "one country, two systems" of governance - a legacy of Britain's 1997 handover of the colony to China, with an expiration of 50 years. The government on the mainland has thus far heavily censored the demonstrations.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said this week the controversial extradition bill is "dead" and that "deep-seated fundamental problems" were not addressed in Hong Kong and allowed to fester.

Demonstrators threw hardhats and umbrellas - a symbol of protest in Hong Kong - at cops, who responded by swinging batons and firing pepper spray.

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Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong affairs, but many residents worry about what they see as an erosion of those freedoms and a relentless march toward mainland control.

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More than 30,000 people on Saturday took part in a protest in Hong Kong's area of Sheung Shui against the practice of parallel trading with mainland China, citing rising housing prices and hygiene issues, local media reported.

Since March, Hong Kong has been shaken by huge demonstrations against the extradition bill or the "Fugitive Offenders Ordinance", which many fear could be used to deport political activists and dissidents to mainland China.

Another protester said scuffles started when demonstrators charged the police after the latter came to the assistance of mainland traders who had assaulted demonstrators.

Hong Kong's lack of full democracy was behind the recent unrest, said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organised protests against the extradition bill.

"I hope that through today's action, people in Hong Kong will not forget that there are actually many other social issues waiting to be solved".

A protester is pulled to safety after he nearly fell from a bridge during a scuffle with police pushing back protesters, in Hong Kong, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Some marchers beat drums, while others waved British and American flags, with banners calling for independence for Hong Kong flying from makeshift flagpoles.

epa07714055 Policemen clash with protesters during a rally in the Sheung Shui district, in the New Territories in Hong Kong, China, 13 July 2019.

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