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Hong Kong protests: China extradition bill discussion postponed



The city's legislative council was due to hold the second reading of the bill on Wednesday morning local time. The bill has met with widespread resistance, including from the city's traditionally conservative business, and demanded more than 1 million of the city's 7.4 million residents to take to the streets in protest on Sunday, according to the organizers.
In a statement, on its website, the legislative chairman Andrew Leung Kwan-yu said that Wednesday's meeting would "change to a later time to be determined by him".

The protests began to arrive outside the Legislative Council's buildings on Tuesday evening, where they were met by a large police presence and bag looking for. By Wednesday morning, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived at the area, blocked the streets and stayed in central Hong Kong.

Up to 5,000 riot police officers have been deployed to protect the building. On Wednesday morning, the police kicked a water gun on a protest and used pepper spray on others. Protesters were seen with helmets, goggles and heavy-duty gloves and took bricks from the sidewalks.

Hundreds of companies, parents and teachers demanded a boycott of works and the school on Wednesday to show their opposition to the bill.

  Police Officers Use a Water Gun on a Lone Protest near the Government Headquarters in Hong Kong on June 1[ads1]2, 2019.
Although Hong Kong is part of China, it has separate laws that follow the British system and no death penalty, unlike mainland China. Many are concerned that the proposed extradition right means they can be taken from Hong Kong by Chinese authorities for political or accidental business offenses.

"Hong Kong's people are furious"

Wednesday's protests come just three days after a mostly peaceful march in central Hong Kong. Police estimated 240,000 people attended on Sunday, while organizers set the number of 1.03 million – the latter figure would make it the city's biggest protest since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.
  The protests rally against the proposed extradition Bill June 12, 2019. REUTERS / Tyrone Siu
Despite the mass demonstrations, Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has refused to withdraw extradition Bill says it is necessary to plugging dirt holes to prevent the city from becoming a refuge for refugees from the mainland.

On Monday, she said protection measures had been added to protect human rights and not received any instruction from Beijing to push it forward. Hong Kong's lawmakers had planned to spend 66 hours over five days debating the bill.

"The people of Hong Kong are furious", senior democratic party legislator James to Tuesday. "Our CEO just ignored the people's voice, despite the peaceful conversation of a million Hong Kong people".

  Protesters swear the streets in another force against the government on June 12, 2019. Photo by Anthony Kwan / Getty Images

-the protest in the streets Wednesday, said she was "angry" that the government failed to pay attention to Sunday's protests. "We choose to come out today and stand up and protest and try to protect my freedom," she said.

Protestor Marco Leung, 23, said there would be no difference between Hong Kong and China if the law had passed. "We're not China," Leung said. "The police should protect the citizens, not the government."

CNN's Ben Westcott and James Griffiths contributed to this Hong Kong report.


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