Hong Kong protesters reach Kowloon closer towards Mainland China

Thousands of people are marching through the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on Sunday against the proposed law that would allow extradition to China.

This was the first protest in Kowloon in an area across the harbor from Hong Kong Island  and away from the  city’s financial district. The objective of protestors was to appeal to  tourists from mainland China, who often go to Kowloon for shopping trips.

The crowds gathered around West Kowloon station, that connects Hong Kong with mainland China. Many of the slogans were chanted partly in Mandarin during the protest so Chinese mainland tourists could understand.

Protesters fear the proposed new law could be used to seize government critics and send them across the border to face trial in a system with a 99% conviction rate and a history of political prosecutions.

The ongoing protests have already forced the government to suspend the bill. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam previously said there was no timeline for discussions around the bill to resume and indicated it’s unlikely to pass this year.

The protesters are demanding Lam retracts the bill entirely, and also called for her to resign.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom had summoned the Chinese ambassador over the ongoing protests. While, Beijing hit out at the UK over accusations of “interference” in the internal issues.

The UK handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997. Under an agreement from that time, Beijing agreed the city would be governed under the principle of “one country, two systems” with a high degree of autonomy for the next 50 years.

Source : Various