Tag: Extradition

With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests

HONG KONG — Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of Hong Kong’s central government and booed. Ms. Wong, 18, usually stays out of politics. But in recent weeks, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland […]

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Hong Kong Official Defends Police’s Use of Force Against Protesters

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s top security official on Wednesday defended the police’s hotly criticized use of tear gas and pepper spray against protesters last week, saying that officers had been in a “life-threatening situation.” The protest on June 12 was one of three major demonstrations in recent days against a bill that would allow […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Publicly Apologizes for Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Backpedaling under mounting public pressure, Hong Kong’s top leader publicly apologized on Tuesday for having proposed contentious legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. “I would like to tender my sincere apologies to the citizens of Hong Kong,” Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, said at a news conference […]

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Why Hong Kong Is Still Protesting

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands remain in the streets, even after city officials said they would suspend the contentious extradition bill that prompted the demonstrations in the first place. We look at why the protesters […]

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Hong Kong Protest Live Updates: City Braces for More Demonstrations

Here’s what you need to know: ImageProtesters paid their respects near where a man jumped from a building on Saturday.  CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters Hong Kong prepares for another large protest on Sunday. Protesters plan to march again on Sunday against an unpopular extradition bill, one day after Hong Kong’s chief executive said she would postpone a vote […]

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How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, has a very loyal majority in the territory’s legislature. She has the complete backing of the Chinese government. She has a huge bureaucracy ready to push her agenda. Yet on Saturday, she was forced to suspend indefinitely her monthslong effort to win passage of […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Is Set to Delay Extradition Bill Indefinitely

HONG KONG — On the defensive after days of huge street protests, Hong Kong’s chief executive is preparing to indefinitely suspend her push to adopt a contentious extradition bill after consulting with her superiors in mainland China, people familiar with the discussions said. Delaying the bill would be a remarkable reversal for the pro-Beijing chief […]

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Carrie Lam: A ‘Good Fighter’ in the Crisis Over the Hong Kong Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong, is a workaholic who sleeps three to five hours a night. She assiduously reads letters from constituents. Within the Hong Kong civil service, she is labeled a “houdadak,” or “good fighter,” because she practically never backs down in a bureaucratic battle. The question […]

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Hong Kong and the Future of Freedom

Imagine if in 2018 the Trump administration had proposed legislation that would allow the government, on nearly any pretext, to detain, try and imprison Americans accused of wrongdoing at secretive black sites scattered across the country. Imagine, further, that 43 million Americans had risen in protest, only to be met by tear gas and rubber […]

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Hong Kong Protests Live Updates: Legislature Postpones Extradition Debate Again

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePolice officers near the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on Thursday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Legislature holds off debate as protesters regroup. The president of the Legislative Council said Thursday that the lawmaking body would delay meeting by at least another day after Hong Kong […]

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Photos From the Hong Kong Extradition Protests

ImageThe Hong Kong police used tear gas on Wednesday as protesters approached the Legislative Council, where lawmakers had been scheduled to debate a contentious extradition law.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times HONG KONG — Protesters in Hong Kong, fearful that their civil liberties are under threat, are gathering in numbers not seen for […]

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The Hong Kong Extradition Protests in Pictures

HONG KONG — Protesters in Hong Kong, fearful that their civil liberties are under threat, are gathering in numbers not seen for years in this semiautonomous Chinese territory. They are protesting a proposed law that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no extradition agreement, including mainland China, […]

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Hong Kong Protests: Council Delays Debate on Extradition Law

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThousands of protesters gathered onto roads near Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday morning.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Police push back crowds using pepper spray and water cannons. Thousands of young protesters demonstrating on a multilane road outside the Legislative Council erupted in chants of “Chit Wui!” […]

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Hong Kong Braces for More Extradition Protests

HONG KONG — Protesters in Hong Kong, angered by the government’s refusal to back down on a contentious bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, gathered near government offices again Tuesday and planned more action this week as lawmakers resume debate on the legislation. Lawmakers are likely to vote on the bill by the […]

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Hong Kong Sets Date for Vote on Extradition Bill Despite Outcry

HONG KONG — The head of Hong Kong’s legislature said that lawmakers must vote by the end of next week on a contentious bill that would allow extraditions to China, rejecting demands for a delay despite mass protests over the weekend opposing the legislation. The decision, announced Tuesday by the president of the Legislative Council, […]

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The Hong Kong Protests Are About More Than an Extradition Law

If we are to believe Carrie Lam, the chief executive of the Hong Kong government, the hundreds of thousands of people who marched through the city’s sweltering streets on Sunday just didn’t get it. They may have thought they were protesting a proposal to allow extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, but, in Ms. […]

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Is Hong Kong Part of China? The Recent Protests Explained

HONG KONG — Hundreds of thousands protested in Hong Kong on Sunday against a government plan that would allow extraditions to mainland China. The mass demonstration was among the largest in Hong Kong’s history, and another sign of rising fear and anger over the erosion of the civil liberties that have long set the semiautonomous […]

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Can the People of Hong Kong Fend Off China?

If Hong Kong’s undoing comes much earlier than 2047, the year that the city’s special arrangement with mainland China formally ends, it may be because of a love story that ended in murder. On Sunday, several hundred thousand — possibly upward of one million — Hong Kong people marched to protest their government’s attempt to […]

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Fearing China’s Rule, Hong Kong Residents Resist Extradition Plan

HONG KONG — Politicians have staged sit-ins and exchanged blows in the legislature. Nurses, high school teachers and even anime fans have organized petitions. And the authorities are bracing for protests on Sunday that could be the largest since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement shut down parts of Hong Kong five years ago. Anger is boiling […]

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