06/27/2019, 00.00
HONG KONG - CHINA
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Against extradition: demonstrations at Ministry of Justice and in front of the police headquarters

by Paul Wang

More than 100, mostly young people, demonstrated this morning asking the Secretary of Justice to cancel the law. Yesterday evening, a demonstration of over 10 thousand people asked the G20 countries to pay attention to the situation in Hong Kong. In front of the police headquarters in Wan Chai, eggs thrown and graffiti on walls, in praise of freedom.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The protests against the China extradition law show no sign of stopping, even if the head of the executive Carrie Lam has decided to suspend it. From many sides (Christian leaders, industry leaders, lawyers, political leaders, etc.), are asking it be cancelled it completely.

The protesters who participated in the gigantic demonstrations of June 9 (one million people) and June 16 (over two million people), promised to continue their protest until the law is eliminated. They also want the government to lift the definition of "revolt" given to peaceful demonstrations, and for protesters arrested on June 12 after some clashes with the police to be freed, which exerted enormous violence against them (tear gas, batons, rubber bullets).

This morning more than 100, mostly young people, protested in front of the justice department, asking the Secretary, Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah to withdraw the law and free the young prisoners. The demonstration took place in a peaceful manner.

Dressing in black and wearing masks, young people shouted slogans like: "No extradition to China! No Evil Law! Release our comrades! We are not rioters! Retract the statements of riot! Investigate the police abuse of power! Condemn police violence! [Teresa] Cheng Yeuk-wah come out!"

Yesterday a demonstration outside the police headquarters in Wan Chai district took place in an almost peaceful manner. Some youths wrote freedom slogans on the walls and threw eggs at the police crest. This morning at 4 am the policemen evicted the gathering without violence.

Yesterday at 10 pm a meeting was held in Edinburgh Place, downtown, attended by over 10 thousand people (see photo). The demonstrators wanted to raise awareness among world leaders who will be present at the G20 in Osaka (Japan) this weekend, about the problem of the extradition law.

Even Justice and Peace in Hong Kong issued an open letter yesterday evening addressed to the diocesan Commissions of the countries present at the G20.

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