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.
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.