Thousands of protestors grouped together on Sunday in a display of their aversion to Hong Kong’s potential new extradition bill. The law would establish a structure for fugitive relocation between Hong Kong and areas that they don’t currently have arrangements with. Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, says that she is still persistent in getting the law passed regardless of the massive protest.
Those against the law said that it’s being encouraged by China’s government. They also said they’re worried the law will be used by Beijing to deport activists, nonconformists, and other political oppositions who might find themselves in China’s enigmatic courts. Lam said, “This bill is not initiated by the [Chinese] central people’s government. I have not received any instruction.” She also said that any objection to the bill was due to misinterpretation.
When might the bill be enforced?
Those supporting the law say that it fills current loopholes and stops the city from acting as a fugitive’s oasis. The Hong Kong administration is hoping to have the law passed before the start of July, using the example of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan to convey the bill’s importance. “Nobody wants Hong Kong to be a fugitive offenders’ haven” says Lam.
It was estimated by the organizers of the event that around a million people took part in the demonstration, but according to police, the apex of the march had a count of roughly 240,000 protestors. Apparently the display was cordial until 12am, when authorities and protestors collided with one another as efforts were made to scatter those still marching outside the legislative offices. Martin Lee, a principal model of Hong Kong’s pro-democratic development, says that more protests are to be expected unless the government delivers a sufficient response to Sunday’s demonstration.
An article from China Daily said, “Any fair-minded person would deem the amendment bill a legitimate, sensible and reasonable piece of legislation that would strengthen Hong Kong’s rule of law and deliver justice”.