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Hong Kong: Thousands protest against China extradition law

April 29, 2019 5:14 pm
Protesters carried yellow umbrellas, reviving the symbol of the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations [Source: BBC]

Officials say they need to amend the law before July so that they can extradite a murder suspect to Taiwan.

Demonstrators – some marching with umbrellas – fear Beijing is trying to exert more power over the territory.

Police estimate that about 22,000 people took part, while organisers say this figure was closer to 130,000.

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Either way, these estimates would make it the largest demonstration since pro-democracy rallies in 2014 known as the Umbrella Movement.

Reuters news agency reported that people were chanting “step down, Carrie Lam”. Lam is the pro-Beijing leader of Hong Kong.

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