Retract the extradition bill, not suspending it: protestersLocal | 16 Jun 2019 3:26 pm
A protest demanding the government to retract the fugitive law amendment bill has started early due to crowds flooding to Victoria Park.
By 2pm, crowd control measures were in place in Yau Tong, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Tin Hau and Causeway Bay MTR stations. Chai Wan-bound Island line trains do not stop at Tin Hau station.
Civil Human Rights Front started the rally at 2:30pm, half an hour earlier than schedule, holding a huge banner saying “heartache and devastation”.
The Front’s convener Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit said there are five demands for today's protest, that is for the government to retract the bill instead of suspending it, and for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to step down.
Protesters also demanded immediate release of those who have been arrested and charges against protesters to be dropped. The government should retract remarks saying the Wednesday protest was a “riot” and to hold those who ordered to fire bullets at protesters accountable.
He said the Front will not organizer strikes tomorrow, but will support other organizations which would organizer strikes. An information center will be set up in Pacific Tower in Admiralty from 9am to 7pm tomorrow to discuss follow-up actions, and to provide support to those who go on strike.
Tens of thousands people started walking from Victoria Park to the central government offices while yelling slogans for Lam to step down.
Many brought white flowers to show respect for the man who died opposing the bill.