Hong Kong's umbrella activist heads straight to street rallies after prison release

Hong Kong's umbrella activist heads straight to street rallies after prison release

Beijing reiterated its backing of Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Monday after a massive demonstration demanding her resignation over a controversial extradition bill.

"Hello world and hello freedom".

Still, many in Hong Kong are unhappy at the prospect of legislation that lawyers and judges say risks exposing people to the mercy of a mainland justice system plagued by torture, forced confessions and arbitrary detention.

It comes amid the crisis over an unpopular extradition bill which has tested the durability of China's promises to respect the former British colony's quasi-autonomy. But some were skeptical that having Lam step down would help. "He won't give in easily", said Beijing-based political analyst Hua Po, noting that the extradition bill was merely suspended, not dropped. He added that the situation in Hong Kong should serve as an example for people in Taiwan to not believe in the "one country, two systems" model.

China, of course, which wants the bill passed so that it can extend its long fingers into Hong Kong, where Chinese people have more freedom than on the mainland, said it would refuse to allow Lam to step down, and cautioned that forcing members of her administration to resign could cause chaos, according to Reuters.

So far, China has been excluded from Hong Kong's extradition agreements because of concerns over its judicial independence and human rights record. Speaking on Saturday, Lam defended the police's decision to brand the unrest of 12 June a "riot", and referred to allegations of excessive use of force by the police - including numerous instances where police attacked unarmed protesters and demonstrators - as defamatory.

Having lived in Taiwan for almost one year, Nip was dismayed to learn that some of the island's China-friendly politicians did not speak out about the protests in Hong Kong - such as Kuomintang (KMT) Kaohsiung Mayor and presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

Hong Kong's top official Carrie Lam issued a rare apology Sunday for her management of an extradition bill, but stopped short of withdrawing the proposal as protests coursed through the city.

Joshua Wong's release from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility came as student demonstrators and police continued to face off in downtown Hong Kong following a massive protest on Sunday.

The next day, Han said via a statement he looked forward to seeing the Hong Kong government make a decision that would address the concerns of its people.

A presidential candidate should not dodge the question, they ought to clearly express their stance over Hong Kong's extradition bill, said Mu, despite not being old enough to vote.

On June 15, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, agreed to suspend the extradition bill in order to "restore peace and calm" to Hong Kong.

Protesters remained in control of key roads in Hong Kong on Monday morning. This stands in stark contrast to the government's response to street protests against widely-reviled national security legislation in 2003, when it withdrew that legislation entirely.

"After the end of the Umbrella Movement, we claimed we would be back. We will always support those universal values and oppose any violation of human rights and freedom", the resolution said.

"It's lucky that Beijing and Carrie Lam transformed a whole generation of youngsters from normal citizens to dissidents. That's the price that Beijing must pay", he said.

The scenes are similar to those in 2014, when protesters camped for weeks in the streets to protest against rules that prevented the direct election of the city's chief executive.

He told waiting journalists he needed a bit of time but, "No matter what happens, I will join the protest soon".

"She's appointed by the central government, so for her to step down requires a very high level of considered discussion and deliberation at the mainland level", the official said.

Hong Kong opposition politicians echoed marchers' calls for both Lam and the proposed law to go.

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