Taipei activists at forefront as world chimes in on row

Top News | Stella Wong 17 Jun 2019

Protesters in over 35 cities around the world joined the campaign against the extradition bill at the weekend in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Down Under.

In Taipei, Taiwan, thousands rallied yesterday in front of Legislative Yuan to urge the withdrawal of the bill.

The protesters also called on political parties in Taiwan to make an election promise: oppose signing the cross-strait peace agreement with Beijing. Detractors said it threatened Taiwan's democracy.

Organizers said about 5,000 people joined the rally. Protesters dressed in black in solidarity with SAR demonstrators chanted: "Hong Kong belongs to the world, not China! Taiwan belongs to the world, not China!"

A concern group formed by Hong Kong students and graduates in Taiwan, one of the organizers, called for the bill to be retracted immediately.

It condemned the government for using violence to suppress the "peaceful protest" on Wednesday, urged the government to admit the protest was not a riot, and called on the police to release detained protesters.

In Vancouver, Canada, over 1,600 people marched on Saturday calling for Carrie Lam to step down.

About 400 Hong Kong students joined a sit-down rally outside Vancouver Art Gallery.

About 500 people rallied in Auckland in New Zealand and Melbourne in Australia.

In Hong Kong, apart from the march, anti-extradition protesters also expressed their opposition through other means, including street art and banners.

The artworks, portraying scenes of the police crackdown on Wednesday from a group of anonymous Hong Kong artists, were found in different parts of Hong Kong Island.

In addition, a large banner with the words "Fight for HK" was seen on Lion Rock in the early hours of yesterday.

The yellow banner spanned 10 meters wide and 30 meters long with red and black lettering.

Government Flying Service and firefighters removed the banner.

Activists have been sending anti-extradition pictures to random strangers on public transport using Airdrop - a function that can instantly share photos and videos with other Apple devices nearby.

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