Thousands march in Hong Kong demanding scrapping of extradition bill

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 16, 2019, 11.23 AM (IST)

Tens of thousands marched to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday demanding the scrapping of the controversial extradition bill.

The rally, organised a day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspended the bill, also protested for the ousting of the city's leader.

Lam on Saturday indefinitely delayed the bill that could send people to mainland China to face trial.

She, however, stopped short of committing to permanently scrapping the proposal and the concession was swiftly rejected by protest leaders, who called on her to resign, permanently shelve the bill and apologise for police tactics.

The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political violence since 1997 on Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

The about-face was one of the most significant political turnarounds by the Hong Kong government since Britain returned the territory to China in 1997, and it threw into question Lam`s ability to continue to lead the city.

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Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will tangle people up in China's notoriously opaque and politicised courts as well as hammer the city's reputation as a safe business hub.

(With inputs from agencies)