Joshua Wong, a leading figure in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, was released from prison on Monday and vowed to soon join the latest round of protests.
Hong Kong extradition bill protest analysis by correspondent Erin Hale
Thousands rallied on Sunday to demand the full retraction of a controversial extradition bill, with organisers saying almost 2 million attended the march. Official estimates of the size of the protest were expected later in the day.
Tens of thousands are expected to rally on Sunday to demand the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, despite her decision to suspend work on a divisive extradition bill that prompted the largest protests in decades.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the city’s government will indefinitely suspend a proposed law on extradition to mainland China that had sparked widespread anger and violent protests.
Government offices stay shut after violent Hong Kong street clashes
Tens of thousands of people have in recent days taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest a contested bill that would open the way for extraditions to China. The violence is the worst to have hit the city since Britain’s 1997 handover to Beijing.
Up until Carrie Lam championed a Beijing-tainted bill, Hong Kong’s chief executive labelled herself a protector of the “one country, two systems” principle. But pro-democracy protesters say the bill proves she is nothing but a “Beijing puppet”.
Hong Kong authorities have shut government offices in the city’s financial district for the rest of the week after a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Vast protests have hit Hong Kong in recent days as the government seeks to push through controversial changes to an extradition law critics say could lead to political activists being deported to China to face unfair trial and detention.
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray Wednesday at bottle-throwing demonstrators in a major escalation of public anger against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong surrounded the city’s legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone a second round of debate on an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
The secretariat of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council says it has delayed the start of a legislative session on a contentious extradition bill as protesters massed outside to block entry to the chamber and government headquarters.
Protest in Hong Kong about extradition bill with China
Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges.