UPDATE: June 16, 3:00 p.m. HKT
According to Hong Kong media, the “Withdraw Evil Extradition Bill” march has officially started, with organizers giving the green light at 2:45 p.m. local time.
It started 15 minutes earlier than the original schedule due to the large crowd size.
Singers Denise Ho and Anthony Wong Yiu Ming were among those spotted at the march which starts at Victoria Park.
UPDATE: June 16, 2:20 p.m. HKT
Protesters Flood Into Victoria Park Ahead of March to Scrap ‘Evil’ Extradition Bill
Protesters, most of them dressed in black, are flooding into Victoria Park and the city’s metro stations ahead of the march that is set to begin at 3 p.m. local time.
Hong Kong media RTHK reported that crowd control is in place at local metro stations, and some of the metro trains might not stop at Tin Hau Station, which is about 6-minutes walking distance from Victoria Park.
Many protesters also stopped by Pacific Place Mall where earlier, a 35-year-old man wearing a yellow raincoat, dubbed “Raincoat boy,” fell off the scaffolding from which he had unfurled a banner calling for the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and for Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam to step down.
UPDATE: June 16, 12:39 p.m. HKT
Yellow Banner Makes Brief But Striking Appearance on Hong Kong’s Iconic Lion Rock
A symbolic image reminiscent of the days during the 2014 Umbrella Movement is making a reappearance in Hong Kong.
A long yellow banner with the words “Defend Hong Kong” in Chinese and “Fight for HK” in English was hung from Lion Rock in Kowloon, Hong Kong, on the morning on June 16.
Lion Rock, standing at 495 meters above Kowloon, has the shape of a crouching tiger. It is the most iconic peak in Hong Kong.
It is not known who is responsible for putting up the yellow banner, but it is to show support for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill introduced by the legislature’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam.
In 2014, protesters calling for universal suffrage for Hong Kongers camped out on the streets of the city’s main business district in Central for almost 3 months. At that time, yellow banners with the words “I want real universal suffrage” in Chinese were also hung from Lion Rock.
Hong Kong media reported that local firefighters were called to remove the yellow banner from Lion Rock at around noon on June 16.
Public broadcaster RTHK also reported that a smaller “Defend Hong Kong” banner had been hung from a hillside in Quarry Bay.
UPDATE: June 16, 9:30 a.m. HKT
March in Hong Kong To Begin at 2:30 PM Local Time
Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the organizer of the June 9 march that drew 1.03 million people, is set to hold another march in protest against the Hong Kong government’s extradition bill on March 16, despite debate on the bill being “indefinitely” suspended.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam made the announcement to suspend the bill in a press conference on June 15. However, CHRF said on its Facebook page that its demand has long been for Lam to withdraw the bill—not just suspend it.
CHRF also condemned Lam’s failure to address police violence against protesters who had gathered around government buildings in Admiralty on June 12 during the press conference.
The government bill was scheduled to enter the pro-Beijing majority legislative council for debate on June 12, without wider consultations.
According to the CHRF’s Facebook page, the June 16 march will begin at 2:30 p.m. local time, starting from Victoria Park and ending at Tim Mei Avenue in Admiralty.
However, Sham added that the police rejected CHRF’s proposals for two additional routes for the march. It is not known where these routes were planned to begin and end.
The march will be broadcasted live by the Hong Kong bureau of The Epoch Times and its sister media New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD).
UPDATE: June 16, 8:26 a.m. HKT
Hong Kong Protester Dies After Unfurling Banner on Side of Building
A man has died after unfurling a banner protesting the proposed extradition laws from the side of a shopping mall, local media reports.
According to Hong Kong media Apple Daily, on the afternoon of June 14, a 35-year-old man wearing a yellow raincoat climbed up the scaffolding at Pacific Place mall and unfurled a banner calling for the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and for Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam to step down. Written on the back of his raincoat was “Carrie Lam Kills Hong Kong.”
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Less than an hour earlier, Lam announced that she was suspended the bill indefinitely, but refused to completely withdraw the controversial legislation. Critics, however, have called for her to scrap the legislation entirely and resign.
The extradition bill, which would allow people in Hong Kong to be transferred to mainland China for trial, has sparked mass protests over the last week, with opponents saying the measure would further erode the city’s autonomy and jeopardize its status as a leading financial hub.
Meanwhile, lawmaker Roy Kwong and other protesters had gathered on the street below, out of concern that the man was going to jump, Hong Kong Free Press reported, with some singing “Sing Hallelujah To The Lord” and shouting “Go back inside, keep holding on.”
According to Apple Daily, the man refused to engage with police negotiators.
At around 9:00 p.m., the man suddenly climbed over the scaffolding and fell about 65 feet onto the sidewalk after firefighters failed to hold him, Apple Daily reported. He died after being rushed to hospital.
Flowers and mourning notes are left where a man in yellow raincoat fell to death after putting on #AntiExtraditionBill banners atop Pacific Place Mall in Admiralty on Sat nite. Reverend Chu Yiu-ming arrived after midnight to lay a flower. pic.twitter.com/LFvaqbNpuc
— Xinqi Su (@XScmp) June 15, 2019
Mourners have since laid flowers and notes at the scene in remembrance of the man.
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Author: Epoch Times Staff