Hong Kong activists promise more protests

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2019

A memorial service has been held in Hong Kong for a protester who committed suicide.

Lam acknowledged at a news conference earlier in the day that there were "lingering doubts about the government's sincerity or worries about whether it would seek to bring the legislation back for a vote".

Hong Kong protest leaders opposed to the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that they will continue their demonstrations, even after Lam declared the effort to amend a highly contentious extradition bill "dead".

"We can not find the word "dead" in any of the laws in Hong Kong or in any legal proceedings in the Legislative Council [Legco]", Civil Human Rights Front convener Jimmy Sham (岑子傑) and co-convener Bonnie Leung (梁穎敏) said in statements in English and Cantonese. The legislature in Hong Kong was also severely damaged by vandals when protesters stormed into the building after a full police retreat overnight.

Opposition was fuelled by widespread public sentiment that this represented the latest and most significant erosion of Hong Kong's established "one country, two systems" of governance - a legacy of Britain's 1997 handover of the colony to China, with an expiration of 50 years.

Protests in recent weeks also devolved into violent encounters between protesters and police, resulting in numerous arrests.

On the other side of the Pacific, Vancouver's Hong Kongese community has been closely watching how events have been unfolding in Hong Kong, and several protests outside the Vancouver Chinese consulate and downtown have been staged in solidarity.

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