China: Debate on Hong Kong's Extradition Bill Is Postponed Again

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The BBC's Helier Cheung on why people are taking to the streets in Hong Kong

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The BBC's Helier Cheung on why people are taking to the streets in Hong Kong

Thousands of opponents of Hong Kong's new extradition bill that will allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial surrounded the city's government headquarters.

In an interview with the BBC, Liu Xiaoming said "the whole story has been distorted" by media including the BBC.

The bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Senators and members of the House, "reaffirms U.S. commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law at a time when these freedoms and Hong Kong's autonomy are being eroded", according to a press release.

On Thursday, she praised the latest United States legislation, and expressed hope that President Donald Trump "will speak about human rights in China and freedoms in China when he talks about trade with the Chinese".

Activists are planning further demonstrations this weekend. This is turning more serious by the day.

A few dozen demonstrators remained near the city's legislature on Friday, which had been scheduled to debate the Bill this week but was thwarted when thousands of protesters took to the streets and blocked the building.

Most appeared to be students. Protesters had kept up a presence through Thursday night, singing hymns and holding up signs criticizing the police for their handling of the demonstrations.

The police, who used tear gas and rubber bullets, have been accused of excessive force by some rights groups.

"Telegram is a big breakthrough from the old traditional strategies", said Jason Chan, a 22-year-old protester.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday the protests in Hong Kong are "not a peaceful rally, but a blatant, organized riot".

Officers also fired several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, which Lo said other countries deployed as nonlethal methods to quell riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray, and pepper based solution.

What Happened: The president of Hong Kong's Legislative Council on June 13 further postponed debate on a controversial extradition bill, with no new date set for its resumption, the South China Morning Post reported.

Almost two years ago, Xi issued a stern address in the city stating that Beijing would not tolerate Hong Kong becoming a base for what the Communist Party considers a foreign-inspired campaign to undermine its rule over the vast nation of 1.4 billion people.

"The protesters are a lot more determined this time", he said. The figures included both civilians and police officers.

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Protests raging in Hong Kong are threatening to become yet another irritant in Canada's fraught relationship with China.

Police have said they arrested 11 people and fired about 150 tear gas canisters at the crowd during Wednesday's protests, which the hospital authority said had injured 81 people.

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Not all in Hong Kong support the protesters.

On Thursday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Hong Kong's situation shows the "one country, two systems" framework devised for Hong Kong when Britain handed the colony back to China can not work. The booksellers vanished before resurfacing in police custody in mainland China.

Tsai said the protests show the arrangement can not work.

The unrest forced authorities to close government offices for the week.

"We can't trust the pro-establishment lawmakers", said pro-democracy legislator Alvin Yeung. Canada says it's concerned about the potential effects the proposed extradition bill could have on the large number of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong.

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov tweeted Thursday that the attack came from mostly Chinese IP addresses. The current attitude of Hong Kong Government tells us the previous mechanism has been completely changed.

Protests were held this week to oppose a bill that could see some criminal suspects extradited to mainland China.

They have no confidence in the Chinese legal system and are concerned how this may affect the Hong Kong legal system.

Telegram says the attack merely affects connectivity and no data has been compromised. She has said the courts would provide human rights safeguards. The police gave no immediate response to Reuters inquiries on what charges the students face.

It would enter the territory into extradition arrangements with China on a case-by-case basis, in which the chief executive has the sole power to surrender fugitives to China without the need to consult Hong Kong's Legislative Council.

China's foreign ministry said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Robert Forden, the USA embassy's deputy chief of mission, on Friday. That's almost double the amount used in major 2014 protests.

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