Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan

Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan

Thousands of people have defied police in the past and staged mass rallies, often peaceful in the start but descending into violence at night.

"We will not back down even after the attack on the Civil Human Rights Front convener Jimmy Sham", the rights group said. "Our most powerful force is the unity and resistance of this civil society", said the rights group, calling on the public to rally on Sunday.

Friday's lighthearted protest came as pro-democracy organisers said they planned to stage a major march on Sunday despite police determining it illegal. "Je Suis Jimmy Sham".

Protestors aimed to form a 40-kilometre (25-mile) human chain tracing the city's subway system in a repeat of a similar protest in August. Wearing a face mask at a public rally carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Said a protester known only as Kiki, 29: "I am not anxious about being prosecuted because I violate the anti-mask law".

Hong Kong now has extradition agreements with 20 jurisdictions across the world, including Australia, however Chan could not be extradited to Taiwan to face the murder charges because the two governments do not share such an agreement. China denies the accusation, blaming foreign nations such as the U.S. and Britain for inciting the unrest. Xi has warned he would crush any attempt to split China.

Hardcore protesters have embraced vandalism and throwing petrol bombs, while riot police respond with volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and, more recently, live rounds.

Two people have been shot and wounded by the police and thousands injured. Mutually supportive and strong-willed, they back a vanguard of front-line protesters - viewed by many Hong Kongers as heroes - who risk arrest to confront police.

Protesters wear masks during a protest in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

The demands include universal suffrage, an independent inquiry into police action against protesters, amnesty for those charged, and an end to describing protesters as rioters. Lam has said the bill is now dead, but it has not been formally withdrawn.

Chan Tong-kai, 20, is wanted in Taiwan for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday the two Hong Kongers took there in February previous year.

Chan is now jailed in Hong Kong for money laundering, and in a surprising announcement on Friday said he would surrender to Taiwanese authorities upon his release, which could be as early as next week.

The letter from the Hong Kong Junior Police Officers' Association dated Wednesday said "Hong Kong City" will be located in Zhaoqing, 200km or 11/2 hours by high-speed rail from Hong Kong.

The Asian financial hub is facing its first recession as a result of the unrest which has taken a toll on tourism and retail.

But protests erupted when it became clear that the reforms would have changed the extradition process with mainland China as well. Many businesses have been forced to close. In a statement Thursday, it noted that both the victim and the alleged killer were from Hong Kong, and said other aspects of the crime may have happened in the city, including the planning of the killing.

The Hong Kong Government used the 20-year-old's case to push for an amendment to its extradition law, which would have allowed Hong Kong to send people to countries and regions not covered by its extradition treaties.

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