Cops break up protest at Tamar

Friday, March 15, 2019

Several protesters, including members of pro-democracy group Demosisto, blocked the entrance to the East Wing of the government's headquarters in Tamar today, demanding that planned changes to extradition legislation be dropped.

Five young women, including two Lingnan University students, tussled with security guards when they first went into the building. During the chaotic scenes, a female guard fell to the ground and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

When the situation calmed down, the five sat on the floor next to the main doors and the security guards simply looked on.

But later the police turned up in force and removed the five, as well as a number of people who had been outside the building.

The protesters had accused the authorities of turning a deaf ear to opposition to the planned law changes, with concerns raised that people surrendered to the mainland would not be able to receive a fair trial.

The government says a recent murder case in Taiwan exposed the need for two of the SAR's ordinances to be amended, because the prime suspect returned to Hong Kong and cannot currently be sent back to the island to face justice.

The demonstrators said instead of changing the law to allow extraditions on a case-by-case basis to any jurisdiction in the world, the administration should simply come up with a one-off arrangement with Taiwan over the murder.-Photo: RTHK