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Mobilization in Hong Kong: beginning of weekend protests

2019-08-10T09:00:59.728Z

Hong Kongers continue their mobilization this weekend. For more than two months, they are up against a bill - suspended since - that would have allowed the extradition to China of people arrested in the territory of this administrative region ...



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Tai Po, Hong Kong, this Saturday, August 10, 2019. RFI / Christophe Paget

Hong Kongers continue their mobilization this weekend. For more than two months, they have been standing up against a bill - suspended since - that would have allowed the extradition to China of people arrested in the territory of this special administrative region. Protesters are now demanding more democracy, but Carrie Lam, the head of the executive, excludes any concessions.

With our special correspondent in Hong Kong, Christophe Paget

One of the day's events was to leave Ta Po, in the new territories. In the morning, another family reunion brought together a few hundred people, many children, families fighting for their future.

In Tai Po, it's a little different. What is interesting is that it is near the Chinese border. It is therefore a clear message addressed to Beijing. A protestor, who lives on site, says he is participating in the processions for the first time.

The attack of the demonstrators in late July by the alleged triads, Hong Kong gangs, really angered him. That's why he's here today, to bring out his anger by walking, explains this resident.

Violence in the heart of the demonstrations, on the spot a lot of people speak about it. This is one of the five protesters' demands: an independent investigation into the actions of the police and the alleged violence of the protesters.

This is the explanation of a couple who hopes, in this way, to soften the hitherto inflexible position of Carrie Lam. The head of the executive reiterated Friday that she would make no concessions to protesters she considers violent.

Carrie Lam whose protesters demand the resignation anyway, to have real elections then. Not as currently where the leaders are finally chosen by Beijing, says a protester.

Whatever topic is discussed here, we end up talking about Beijing. The People's Republic of China is only 14 kilometers from the Tai Po Bus Station, located in the north of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

► See also: Beijing shakes the picture of a visit by Hong Kong activists to the US consulate

Source: rfi

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