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19 June


Hong Kong residents protest against the extradition of suspects to mainland China

China will consider a bill to extradite suspects from any city of the island

Photo: SCMP

/NOVOSTIVL/ Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, intensifying a campaign against the government’s controversial plan to allow the transfer of fugitives to mainland China, Taiwan and Macau. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

They warned that the next generation of Hongkongers could be victimised under a different legal system north of the border and urged the government to work out an extradition arrangement with Taiwan only.

Pro-democracy lawmakers and activist group Civil Human Rights Front told officials to shelve the proposal and conduct a public consultation exercise.

The march organisers said 12,000 took part in the rally, which would make it the biggest public demonstration since last year’s annual July 1 march, when the front estimated 50,000 came out.

Police however put Sunday’s turnout at 5,200 at its peak.

A Taiwanese murder case last year for which Hong Kong officials were unable to extradite the suspect has spurred the government to propose one-off transfers of fugitives to any jurisdiction the city does not have a formal extradition treaty with. A bill will be introduced to the legislature on Wednesday.

But the protesters said they lacked confidence in the legal system on the mainland and believed there was no guarantee of a fair trial there.