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Thousands protest in Hong Kong against extradition law

Over 100,000 people marched through central Hong Kong yesterday in opposition to a law which would make it easier to extradite people to mainland China.

The plan would allow Hong Kong to send criminal suspects requested by China, Taiwan or Macau. Demonstrators worry that people could face vague national security charges and unfair trials in China. It is feared that the law will allow China to demand that Hong Kong hand over political dissidents, religious workers and business people whose work may violate some yet to be written law.

Hong Kong’s legal system offers greater protections than in mainland China.

“If the government surrenders just because there are some opposing voice, I am afraid it will be difficult to have effective governance in the future,” Ronny Tong Ka-wah said, a member of the executive council of the city’s advisory unit, who has urged the government not to give into public pressure.

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