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Hong Kong extradition bill battle continues with more protests planned for the weekend

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A new series of demonstrations are set to take place in Hong Kong this weekend, days after the last anti-government protest on July 1.They include a self-organised anti-extradition bill rally by Hong Kong mothers at 7pm Friday at Chater Garden.
'A new series of demonstrations are set to take place in Hong Kong this weekend, days after the last anti-government protest on July 1.They include a self-organised anti-extradition bill rally by Hong Kong mothers at 7pm Friday at Chater Garden.It will be the second rally held by the city’s mothers  and organisers have welcomed all to join.It came after several anti-extradition law marches and rallies in June, with one march attracting  two million people, according to organisers.The city has also been reeling from the  storming of the Legislative Council by protesters on July 1 . Hong Kong mothers’ rally.File Photo: Apple Daily. “When young protesters were doing something right, it was easy to support them and clap for them.But when young protesters used up all rational and civilised ways, and only received an arrogant insult by those in power, what can they do?” the mothers’ rally’s organisers said. “Can we choose to stay and listen to them, to understand their pain and to find a way out?” An anti-extradition law march will be held on Sunday in Kowloon to appeal to mainland tourists.Protesters will rally at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui at 3:30pm, and march from 4pm to the high-speed rail link’s West Kowloon Terminus.A proposed pamphlet to be handed out to mainland tourists.Photo: Lihkg.In a post on the Reddit-like Lihkg forum explaining the rally, one user said Beijing had tried to block mainland Chinese people from gaining information about the anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong. “I don’t know how many mainland tourists will see our messages, but if the central government knows that we have shifted our focus to promoting Hong Kong values to mainland people, the Communist Party will be scared,” the user named VL said.The march will pass through Salisbury Road and Kowloon Park Drive, but will not pass through Canton Road where tourists often go, because of an objection made by the police.Education University of Hong Kong.Photo: Education University of Hong Kong.Several commemoration events will be held on Friday and Saturday for those who died in incidents related to the extradition bill.On Friday at 8.30pm a group of pastors will hold a prayer session at Ka Fuk Estate in Fanling, where an Education University student  fell to her death leaving a message about the extradition law . If you are experiencing negative feelings, please call : The Samaritans 2896 0000 (24-hour, multilingual), Suicide Prevention Centre 2382 0000 or the Social Welfare Department 2343 2255.The Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology provides a WhatsApp hotline in English and Chinese: 6218 1084.See also: HKFP’s comprehensive guide to mental health services in Hong Kong A mourning session will then be held at the Education University at 3pm on Saturday.Another mourning event, which will provide emotional counselling service, will be held at Edinburgh Place in Central at 8pm on Saturday to mourn protesters who committed died.Saturday: “Reclaim Tuen Mun Park” protest against noisy “Singing Aunties” monopolising public space. 3pm from San Wo Lane Playground to Tuen Mun Park’s south gate.Activist Michael Mo received a letter of no objection. pic.twitter.com/1pdhTW0lzy — Elson Tong (@elson_tong) July 4, 2019 Meanwhile, some are set to build on the momentum of recent protests in hosting a “reclaim Tuen Mun Park” rally, in response to complaints over noise, indecent performances, and the management and misuse of public space.Marchers will gather at San Wo Lane Playground at 2:30pm Saturday and march to Tuen Mun Park at 3pm. . The post Hong Kong extradition bill battle continues with more protests planned for the weekend appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Kris Cheng .'

In Pictures: ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ – anti-extradition protesters stage consulate ‘marathon’ to lobby G20 leaders

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Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters marched to several foreign consulates to hand in petition letters on Wednesday, urging G20 countries to raise concerns about the city at the leaders’summit later this week.After gathering in Chater Garden in Central
'Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters marched to several foreign consulates to hand in petition letters on Wednesday, urging G20 countries to raise concerns about the city at the leaders’ summit later this week . After gathering in Chater Garden in Central at 9am, demonstrators first proceeded to the nearby US consulate.Ventus Lau, one of the activists who led marchers, told HKFP that around 1,500 people joined.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.Along the way, protesters chanted slogan such as “free Hong Kong,” “liberate Hong Kong.” They demanded a complete withdrawal of the Hong Kong government’s extradition bill , as well as an independent investigation into the level of force used by the police during the June 12 protests.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.Beijing has said that it will  not allow discussion of the Hong Kong issue during the meeting . Activist Baggio Leung told HKFP that it meant that China expected that the issue will be discussed by other countries attending Friday’s meeting in Osaka, Japan. “We want to do whatever we can before the G20,” he said.The  extradition bill  was first proposed in February to allow the city to handle case-by-case extradition requests from jurisdictions with no prior agreement.However, there have been mass protests and widespread criticism over the risk of residents being extradited to mainland China, which lacks human rights protections.The bill was  suspended after huge demonstrations,  but has not been axed.Baggio Leung.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.A social work student, who gave her name as Chan, said she hoped the extradition bill would be withdrawn and an investigative committee be formed.The first stop is the US consulate.A speaker, wearing a mask said: “We can no longer trust, a social system and political leaders… we are leaderless and our momentum is driven by the will of the people.” The EU office is the next stop.Live: https://t.co/7YLcsZden5 pic.twitter.com/V3WxFWcMt4 — Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) June 26, 2019 “We hope to raise international concern.After all, consulates are bridges to their home countries,” she said.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.Harvey Sernovitz, a spokesperson for the US consulate, received the protesters’ petition letter at their first stop.A protester handing the letter to Sernovitz said: “President Trump has publicly announced that he has [an] intention to bring up Hong Kong’s situation at the G20 summit, we are truly grateful for his attention.” US Consulate’s Harvey Sernovitz receiving petition letter.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP. “We humbly ask that you can further extend our plea to other heads of state and particularly [Chinese] President Xi during the G20 talks, and stand behind Hong Kong’s autonomy,” he added.EU Office’s Jolita Pons receiving petition letter.Photo: Apple Daily.They then proceeded to the EU Office in Hong Kong, opposite the US Consulate.Deputy Head of the Office Jolita Pons received the demonstrators’ letter.At the British consulate in Admiralty, Deputy Consul General Esther Blythe received the petition letter.The UK Consulate’s Esther Blythe receiving the petition letter.Photo: Apple Daily.Marchers then split into three different groups heading to Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay to carry on handing petition letters to other G20 consulates, including Canada, Japan, Germany and France.In total, they will visit 19 foreign consulates.Ventus Lau.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.Some marchers may also join the rally hosted by the Civil Human Rights Front at 8pm at Edinburgh Place in Central.Security chief at LegCo Meanwhile, at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, Secretary for Security John Lee did not answer as to whether the government will officially withdraw or postpone the extradition bill, in accordance to rule 64 of the legislature’s rule book.Lee was surrounded by the pro-democracy lawmakers as he left the legislature’s main chamber.Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.The question arose after remarks by former Legislative Council president Andrew Wong during an RTHK TV debate on Tuesday.He said there was no such thing as a “suspension” of a bill in the legislature’s rule book, despite the government insisting the bill had been postponed.A fresh call to protest on Thursday at Justice Place – the office of the secretary for justice – has been distributed among activists.Demonstrators are set to gather should the government fail to respond to their demands by Wednesday.The Hong Kong Free Press #PressForFreedom 2019 Funding Drive seeks to raise HK$1.2m to support our non-profit newsroom and dedicated team of multi-media, multi-lingual reporters.HKFP is backed by readers, run by journalists and is immune to political and commercial pressure.This year’s critical fundraiser will provide us with the essential funds to continue our work into next year. . The post In Pictures: ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ – anti-extradition protesters stage consulate ‘marathon’ to lobby G20 leaders appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Kris Cheng .'