Overnight Scuffles as Hong Kong Protesters Continue “Fight” for Democracy

June 29, 2019 Updated: June 29, 2019

HONG KONG—Scuffles between the Hong Kong police and anti-extradition bill protesters occurred into the early hours of June 29 as protesters marched to the city’s scenic Harborfront Pier, calling for ‘democracy’ in Hong Kong.

More than 1,000 people, mostly students dressed in black, rallied outside government offices in Hong Kong on June 28 as protests over a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into turmoil showed no signs of let-up. The ranks of protesters grew steadily on Friday night as supporters made their way downtown after work, just days before the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China on July 1 when another huge protest is expected.

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has suspended the extradition bill, that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, after some of the largest and most violent protests in decades, but she has stopped short of protesters’ demands to scrap it.

Activists in Hong Kong have seized on the G20 summit of world leaders in Japan this week to appeal for the former British colony’s plight to be put on the agenda, a move certain to rile Beijing, which has vowed not to tolerate such discussion.

By Reuters