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HK Delays Extradition Bill Debate Amidst Protests

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7Dnews London

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 04:21 GMT

HK authorities decided on Wednesday, June 12th, to delay the second reading of a controversial law that allows extradition to China after thousands of protesters took to the street opposing the proposed bill, reported AFP. 

The Legislative Council president announced that the meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning would be "changed to a later date" after huge crowds rallied in the centre of the city and blocked major roads.

Thousands took to the street in Hong Kong on Wednesday, trying to occupy an arterial road near the government’s headquarters to protest a controversial extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to China for trial, reported Reuters.

Authorities were alerted for a new wave of rallies after the city witnessed its largest protest in 15 years to oppose the bill. 

Human rights groups have reported the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions, forced confessions and problems accessing lawyers in China, as the courts are under the full control of the Communist Party, as reasons why the Hong Kong bill should not proceed. 

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