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Hong Kong protest: 'Nearly two million' join demonstration
17 June 2019

Nearly two million people have taken part in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, organisers say.

If confirmed, it would be the largest protest in Hong Kong's history. Police said turnout was 338,000 at its peak.

The masses turned out despite the suspension of the bill - which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China - on Saturday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Sunday apologised for proposing the bill.

Many protesters, who fear increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong, are calling on her to resign over the unrest.

They are also demanding that the bill be scrapped, not just suspended.

Meanwhile, supporters of Joshua Wong - the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Movement" democracy protests five years ago - say he will be released from prison later on Monday.

"Today's march we had almost two million people," Jimmy Sham, from the Civil Human Rights Front protest group, told reporters late on Sunday evening.

The protest was mainly peaceful, with police officers reportedly holding back to allow the throngs of people to slowly pass through the city. This contrasted to scenes at the last previous major demonstration on Wednesday, which saw clashes between protesters and police that injured dozens.

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June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

It is hard to decide where to begin in describing Hong Kong’s non-violent fight for freedom, its defiance of the Chinese Communist Party rule and the protest against the proposed extradition law which would make it legal for any HK resident to be extradited to mainland China.

The most visible impression created was the size of the rallies reaching an estimated participation of two million people, in a city of around seven million. The other noticeable phenomenon is that the rallies were participated in by most of the different sectors of Hong Kong society – businessmen and employees, parents and children, students and teachers, activists and ordinary citizens.
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Hong Kong protesters storm government building over China extradition bill
By Ben Westcott, Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Julia Hollingsworth, Steve George and Jenni Marsh, CNN

Updated 9:12 p.m. ET, July 1, 2019

Our live coverage of the protests in Hong Kong has ended, but here's what we know:

What happened: Protesters stormed and vandalized the legislative building in Hong Kong. These protesters broke away from the annual July 1 march that marks the anniversary of when Hong Kong was given to China. There were other demonstrations that remained peaceful.

Why they were protesting: People were protesting a bill that would allow China to extradite Hong Kong citizens. Critics worry China would use the bill to prosecute people for political reasons and that it would erode freedoms people in Hong Kong have.

Where the bill stands now: The city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking at a news conference, said that she doesn't intend to continue debating the bill, and that it will expire in July 2020 at the end of the term.

What happens next: Protesters have made several demands — the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill is only one of them. They are also calling for Lam to step down as well as an investigation into police brutality, a retraction of the characterization of the protests as riots and the release of arrested protesters.

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Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred
John Bacon, USA TODAY Published 9:46 a.m. ET July 2, 2019 | Updated 5:34 p.m. ET July 2, 2019

China's mainland government condemned demonstrations rocking Hong Kong on Tuesday as a challenge to Beijing's authority that "trampled" the law and required swift prosecution, but protesters were undeterred.

The ominous warning was issued hours after protesters, angry at Beijing's growing control over Hong Kong's affairs, stormed the city's legislative building and occupied the governing chamber. The occupiers spray-painted pro-democratic slogans on the walls and tore down pictures of lawmakers before retreating. Police used tear gas to disperse crowds gathered outside the building.

“Such serious illegal acts trampled on Hong Kong’s rule of law, damaged Hong Kong’s social order, harmed Hong Kong’s interests – it is a blatant challenge to the bottom line of ‘One Country, Two Systems,' ” Hong Kong's liaison office to China's ruling State Council said in a statement.

The office said it would firmly support the Hong Kong government's prosecution of those behind the "atrocities."

The Global Times, a mouthpiece publication for Beijing, published commentary criticizing the "mob-like behavior" that it said no Western government would allow.

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China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Agence France-Presse
Published 7:31 AM, July 04, 2019
Updated 7:57 AM, July 04, 2019

LONDON, United Kingdom – China bluntly told Britain on Wednesday, July 3, to "refrain from further interference" and London summoned Beijing's ambassador for a dressing down in a rapidly-escalating diplomatic feud over Hong Kong.

The protests sweeping the former British colony have also revived tensions inherent in the two sides' historic agreement on the global financial hub's handover to Chinese rule 22 years ago.

Hong Kong was meant to continue enjoying broad freedoms under the "one country, two systems" approach first adopted by China in the 1980s.

But fears and frustrations over Beijing's gradual tightening of those rules spilled over into mass demonstrations against a now-stalled draft law on Hong Kong residents' extradition to China.

They also saw UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – one of two candidates to become Britain's next prime minister – take the global lead in condemning China's entire approach to its "special administrative region".

Hunt called on Beijing not to use the protests as a "pretext for repressions" and warned of "serious consequences" if China breaches the commitments it made to London decades ago.

His comments provoked a cascade of condemnations from China that began with its foreign ministry in Beijing and continued with its embassy in London.

"He seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing in Beijing.

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