Hong Kong Protesters Clash With Police

Hong Kong government says controversial extradition bill is 'dead'

Demonstrators marched in heat of about 32 degrees Celsius (89.6°F) in Sha Tin, a town between Hong Kong island and the border with China, as the protests sweep outwards from the heart of the financial center into surrounding neighborhoods.

Protests in Sheung Shi, Hong Kong, against parallel traders, vendors who buy their stock in Hong Kong for resale in mainland China, led to clashes with police on Saturday, July 13, according to the South China Morning Post.

"The anti-extradition protests have heightened our awareness over community issues, instead of waiting for the government to do something, we may as well take it in our own hands", said Vincent Yeung, a man in his 20s.

Demonstrators chanted for the traders to go home, saying they've fueled inflation, driven up property prices, and dodged taxes.

"We want to raise awareness in Washington that the United States has to do more now to help Hong Kong become fully democratic", said a resident of the nearby town of Fanling, who was one of five people in the July 12 crowd carrying USA flags.

"We don't want to stop travel and buying, but please, just make it orderly and legal", Lai said.

The bill was proposed on April 3 and its opposers argue that its controversial amendments will leave anyone on Hong Kong soil vulnerable to being grabbed by the Chinese authorities for political reasons or inadvertent business offences.

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The march in Sheung Shui was the latest in a series of demonstrations that have plunged the former British colony into its biggest political crisis since it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The town has previously been a battleground for Hong Kong people angry over the flood of Chinese day-trippers. "They want to come out and express their concern about the problem of cross-border traders in this area, which will never be solved".

Wang Zhimin, director of the Central Government Liaison Office, said at a commemorative event that Chief Executive Carrie Lam's government should be given "time and space" to handle the months-long disputes over the amendment bill that could allow fugitives to be transferred to China. "How can they hit us with batons?" he said, staring at a pool of blood where one of his peers was treated.

Last Saturday, almost 2,000 people marched in the residential district of Tuen Mun to protest against middle-aged mainland women they accused of brashly singing and dancing to pop songs in Mandarin, which many locals considered a nuisance.

"The Hong Kong police is calling on the participants of the protest to end violent actions and disperse as quickly as possible", the police statement read.

epa07714055 Policemen clash with protesters during a rally in the Sheung Shui district, in the New Territories in Hong Kong, China, 13 July 2019.

By Greg Torode and Vimvam Tong.

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