Massive rally in HK against extradition Bill

Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a last bid to halt a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China to face trial.
Protesters in Hong Kong yesterday marching during a rally against controversial proposed changes to an extradition law. Organisers have described the protest as the biggest seen in the territory since it was returned to the Chinese by the British in
Protesters in Hong Kong yesterday marching during a rally against controversial proposed changes to an extradition law. Organisers have described the protest as the biggest seen in the territory since it was returned to the Chinese by the British in 1997.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Just a few days before Wednesday's second reading of a controversial Bill on changes to an extradition law in the Legislative Council, a record number of Hong Kong residents took to the streets yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to pressure the government into shelving the legislation.

The turnout at the rally was said to be the biggest since the 1997 handover. Organisers estimated that the crowd surpassed the 500,000 who marched in 2003 against a national security law that was later canned.

Yesterday's rally, which lasted more than five hours, saw protesters marching to the government headquarters in Admiralty. They surrounded the complex and demanded that the authorities back down on the proposals, saying these would damage the rule of law in the city.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'Massive rally in HK against extradition Bill'. Print Edition | Subscribe