Activists in Hong Kong Make Pitch to Extradition Protesters: Register to Vote

Protesters attend a demonstration demanding Hong Kong’s leaders to step down and withdraw the extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China on June 17, 2019. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

HONG KONG

BY REUTERS

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

HONG KONG– Campaigners in Hong Kong have registered thousands of new voters during mass protests against controversial extradition law reform, pouncing on an opportunity to bolster the democratic opposition’s prospects in upcoming elections.

The city’s pro-democracy camp needs a strong showing in city-wide legislative polls next year to recapture a big enough bloc to veto proposals from pro-establishment rivals, who now dominate the 70-seat legislature.… READ MORE...

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UK, Canada Express Concern Over Proposed Hong Kong Extradition Changes

HONG KONG

BY REUTERS

May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019

LONDON—Britain and Canada said on May 29 it was vital that extradition arrangements in Hong Kong fully respect the region’s high degree of autonomy from China and are in line with the “one country, two systems” principle.

“We are concerned about the potential effect of these proposals on the large number of UK and Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, on business confidence and on Hong Kong’s international reputation,” the British and Canadian foreign ministers said in a joint statement.

The city’s independent legal system was guaranteed under the laws governing Hong Kong’s return from British to Chinese rule 22 years ago and is seen by the financial hub’s business and diplomatic communities as its strongest remaining asset amid encroachments from Beijing.… READ MORE...

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