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Thousands take to Hong Kong streets to protest new extradition laws

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Thousands take to Hong Kong streets to protest new extradition laws

Thousands take to Hong Kong streets to protest new extradition laws

Thousands of people march in Hong Kong to demand the scrapping of an extradition law that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

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Thousands of people marched on Hong Kong's legislative council on Sunday (April 28) to demand the scrapping of proposed extradition rules that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial -- a move some fear puts the city's core freedoms at risk.

Opponents of the proposal fear further erosion of rights and legal protections in the free-wheeling financial hub -- freedoms which were guaranteed under the city's handover from British colonial rule to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

Early estimates suggested several thousand people had joined the march along Hong Kong Island from Causeway Bay to the council in the Admiralty business district.

Protesters in the crowd, which included people of all ages, expressed fears the new legislation would put ordinary Hongongers at risk.

"The way they have organised this, as soon as they want to extradite you, it's hopeless", said 45-year-old legal clerk Edward Wen, expressing strong doubts about the legal protections offered in the Chinese mainland.

"It won't matter if you are an average person or a foreigner coming through Hong Kong, there will be a real possibility you'll be taken and sent off to the mainland", said 23-year-old bank employee Jayson Shing.

The peaceful marchers also chanted demands for Hong Kong's Executive Carrie Lam to step down, saying she had "betrayed" Hong Kong.

Many sported yellow umbrellas -- the symbol of the Occupy civil disobedience movement that paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for eleven weeks in 2014.



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