first_img A protester holds a shield during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYA Hong Kong Legislative Council official says no time has been set aside for debate on a highly controversial extradition law that has drawn large-scale protests. Related News Advertising Hong Kong protesters, police clash as demonstrations target Chinese traders Hong Kong tourism, hotel occupancy falls as protests drag on 0 Comment(s) Clashes break out as Hong Kong protesters escalate fight in suburbs Advertising By AP |Hong Kong | Published: June 13, 2019 10:29:39 amcenter_img The announcement Thursday from council official Cicely Wong appeared to show the impact of Wednesday’s street demonstrations, along with statements of concern from foreign governments, business associations and the legal profession. Those voices have joined with human rights and supporters of the free press who have long warned of growing restrictions on civil rights in the former British colony that returned to Chines rule in 2019.Traffic was restored in the city the day after the clashes between police and protesters who oppose the legislation that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China where they could face unfair trials on political charges.After days of silence, Chinese state media is characterizing the largely peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong as a “riot” and accusing protesters of “violent acts.” Hundreds of thousands of people filled streets in Hong Kong in recent days to oppose proposed legislation that would allow crime suspects to be extradited to mainland China, where critics say they would be subject to vague charges and unfair trials. Explained: Why lakhs are protesting on the streets in Hong KongHong Kong residents block roads to protest extradition bill Demonstrators clash with riot police outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong, angered by the government’s refusal to back down on a contentious bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, are preparing more actions this week as lawmakers resume debate on the legislation and accelerate the final vote. (Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times)In an editorial featuring a photo of a bloodied officer, the state-run China Daily said Wednesday evening that protesters are using the bill “to tarnish the image of the government.” Xinhua state news agency said protesters used “sharpened iron poles” and bricks against police.Police officers fired tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets at demonstrators Wednesday. About 70 people were hurt.Traffic has been restored in the heart of Hong Kong a day after clashes between police and protesters who oppose legislation that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Heavy rain Thursday morning kept fresh protests from following those Wednesday by thousands of activists who shut down government headquarters and the Legislative Council on the day it was to debate the extradition bill. More than 70 people were hurt.Police fired tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets after well-organized protesters breached their cordon, forcing the assembly to postpone the debate.Protesters said they were seeking to block the passage of the legislation they see as part of Beijing’s moves to tighten its grip over the former British colony LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? Best Of Express Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘guilty of crimes’, will proceed further as per law: Imran Khan last_img

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