Hong Kong Democracy Activist Joshua Wong Released From Prison

Christian protesters demonstrate near the Legislative Council

Christian protesters demonstrate near the Legislative Council

The bill would cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living there or passing through.

The protest revived after Joshua Wong, a prominent activist leader, rallied the crowd after his release from prison later on Monday.

"Her government can not be an effective government, and will have much, much, much difficulties to carry on", veteran Democratic Party legislator James To told government-funded broadcaster RTHK.

Mourners meanwhile laid flowers Sunday on the pavement near where a man fell to his death a day earlier after hanging a protest banner on scaffolding on a shopping mall. GO HONG KONG! he said in a tweet. Since the end of the Umbrella Movement in 2014, political opponents of the government have found themselves targeted for vindictive prosecutions, disqualified from running for election, prohibited from forming companies - a necessity in the absence of any bespoke regulation for political parties - or even selling merchandise during Lunar New Year.

One of the activists arrested after those demonstrations, Joshua Wong, was released from prison on Monday after serving half of a two-month sentence on a contempt charge.

Shortly after daybreak, the police had asked for co-operation in clearing the road but said the protesters could stay on the sidewalks. They say the suspension of the extradition bill that set off the past week's demonstrations was not enough. Notably, Lam declared that her government would merely suspend the Bill, rather than withdraw it entirely. "So if Carrie Lam does not respond to the five demands by the protesters, people will come back and the struggle will continue".

When Great Britain relinquished its control over Hong Kong in 1997, China agreed to uphold Hong Kong's independent system for 50 years.

Speaking on a Radio Television Hong Kong's program, Chan said he believed that Lam had learned a lesson after her lack of communication and her leadership failure in the extradition bill amendment attempt prompted discontent among a lot of Hong Kong people.

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Despite the calls for Ms Lam to step down, she is unlikely to do so even if she wanted to, a senior city government official close to the chief executive told Reuters. As its media diverts attention to the trade war and warnings of sabotage by outside forces, mainland readers are largely oblivious to the aims of the mass protests - the withdrawal of contentious legislation that would, for the first time, allow extradition to China. And if legislators go too far in advocating for Hong Kong's independence, they're subject to being banned from office.

Periodically, the shouts of the protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the police headquarters would crescendo in a roar that reverberated through the narrow concrete canyons of the red-light district of Wanchai.

Their decision to leave major streets allowed police to reopen them to traffic, averting the possibility of clashes similar to those that broke out June 12, resulting in about 80 people being injured.

Chinese authorities haven't shied away from protesting recent US action in support of Hong Kong's autonomy.

"The Chinese government, the central government, has always fully affirmed the work of chief executive Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a news conference.

After daybreak Monday, police announced that they want to clear the streets. The effort had the opposite affect, according to reports from Hong Kong itself, and thousands more turned out over the weekend to protest not just extradition, but the treatment of fellow Hong Kong citizens.

The uproar over the extradition bill highlights worries that the former British colony is losing the special autonomous status China promised it when it took control in 1997. Estimates of the crowd's size ranged from the police figure of 338,000 to organizers' estimate of almost 2 million, the Morning Post reports.

At its peak, the turnout to the protests was 338,000, BBC reported.

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