Huge extradition law protest fills Hong Kong streets

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Read below to find out more about the relationship between Hong Kong and China, and why people are protesting.

Lam's government argued that the revisions were needed to close legal loopholes, while opponents say that is merely an excuse to pursue China's agenda of reducing Hong Kong's legal independence.

If the situation develops to the situation where Taiwanese people's freedom of person can not be guaranteed, the Mainland Affairs Council said it might issue a travel advisory for Hong Kong in the future.

One in seven Hong Kong residents marched against a proposed law that would allow extradition to China in a record event for autonomous Chinese city.

After To spoke, thousands were still arriving, having started the march five hours earlier, filling four lanes of a major thoroughfare.

Some sat in a nearby park singing gospel standard "Hallelujah" even as ranks of riot police started to congregate.

But police moved in on them after their permission to protest expired at midnight.

Hong Kong's Legislative Council plans to vote on the amended Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance on Wednesday.

Others carried signs calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has championed the bill despite the fact it has been criticized by a wide range of groups from the Hong Kong Law Society to the American Chamber of Commerce.

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But there is widespread concern about the broader implication of the proposed law for Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to China in 1997 but has maintained its own legal and political system for 50 years.

The changes will simplify case-by-case arrangements to allow the extradition of wanted suspects to countries, including mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, beyond the 20 that Hong Kong already has extradition treaties with.

Protesters carrying banners and signs objecting to the government-backed legislation marched and chanted "no extradition" through the city center.

The crowd on Sunday included young families pushing babies in prams as well as the elderly braving 32 degrees Celsius heat.

Insurance agents, executives and small entrepreneurs joined bus drivers and mechanics, with Reuters speaking to dozens of people saying it was their first protest march.

Rocky Chang, a 59-year-old professor marching in Hong Kong, told Reuters: "This is the end game for Hong Kong, it is a matter of life or death".

"I think this law will take away our freedoms if it is implemented", said Peter Lam, a 16-year-old high school student.

"I need to save my daughter". No one will get justice in China. "We know there is no human rights", Chiu added.

They say dissidents and critics will not be extradited and have urged quick passage of the bill in order to extradite a Hong Kong man who is wanted in Taiwan for murdering his girlfriend. "It could have significant implications for Hong Kong's reputation as one of the world's most important business hubs".

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Veteran Democratic Party Legislator James To (涂謹申) told reporters that he believed a big turnout today could finally sway Hong Kong's embattled government.

Opponents of the bill question the fairness and transparency of the Chinese court system and worry about Chinese security forces contriving charges.

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, said on Thursday the bill would "strike a bad blow ... against the rule of law, against Hong Kong's stability and security, against Hong Kong's position as a great worldwide trading hub".

Foreign governments have also expressed concern, warning of the effect on Hong Kong's reputation as an worldwide financial hub, and noting that foreigners wanted in China risk getting ensnared in Hong Kong.

Human rights campaigners say detainees in China face arbitrary detentions, forced confessions and problems in accessing legal support.

Hong Kong officials have said Hong Kong courts will have the final say over whether to grant such extradition requests, and suspects accused of political and religious crimes will not be extradited.

That concern has mounted, despite extensive efforts by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) and her senior officials, in public and in private, to insist that adequate safeguards are in place to ensure that anyone facing political and religious persecution or torture would not be extradited.

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