mandag 29. april 2019

Hong Kong residents protest at plans for extradition to China

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets to demand their government halt a plan that would make it easier to extradite people to the secretive judicial system in mainland China. The march organisers estimated that more than 100,000 people filed through central Hong Kong on Sunday. Police said the march drew 22,800 people at its peak.

The plan proposed by the city’s security bureau, and pushed by Carrie Lam, the chief executive, would allow Hong Kong to send criminal suspects requested by China, Taiwan or Macau. None of those jurisdictions has a rendition agreement with Hong Kong. Hong Kongers fear the law will allow China to demand that Hong Kong turn over political dissidents, religious workers and business people whose work may violate some yet-to-be-written law.