The second reading of a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong has been postponed amidst a fresh round of huge protests.
Advertisement Second round of protests begins on June 12
On June 12, thousands of Hong Kongers rallied to protest the passage of the bill for a second time, Reuters reported.
The protests were largely in response to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s declaration that the proposed extradition law would proceed with no further changes, in the wake of the initial protests on June 9.
The law effectively allows for the transfer of alleged criminals, both Hong Kong citizens and foreigners, to mainland China.
As such, protestors are concerned the law will allow Beijing to extradite political dissidents.
Protesters block the way to the Legislative Council
According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), protesters had obstructed traffic and occupied multiple areas surrounding the city’s Legislative Council, with the aim of preventing lawmakers from attending the bill’s meeting scheduled for 11:00 am.
Videos and photos circulated on social media showed huge crowds and face-offs with the Hong Kong police.
While some of you are still in bed, hundreds of protesters have blocked Lung Wo Road before 8am