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Protests continue in Hong Kong

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/17/19, 09:41 am

Nearly 2 million demonstrators turned out again in Hong Kong Sunday, according to organizers, to protest against a controversial extradition bill, even as the territory’s leader offered an apology. Police officials said 338,000 people were present at the peak of the protest. Protesters held up banners, chanted protest songs, and sang Christian hymns on the streets. The proposed law would make it easier to send criminal suspects to China, where they could face unfair trials.

A similar protest on Wednesday turned violent and left at least 80 people injured.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspended action on the bill and issued an apology on Sunday for the government’s response. But protesters rejected her apology, insisting she withdraw the bill and resign.

On Monday, protesters remained at a park near government headquarters. Joshua Wong, who served two months in prison for his involvement in the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, joined the demonstrations after his release on Monday.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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