Yellow protest banners voicing opposition to Hong Kong’s looming extradition law update were unfurled on Sunday atop two Kowloon hilltops.
Huge banners reading “oppose the evil send-to-China law” were spotted on Lion Rock and Beacon Hill early in the morning.
At around 11am, firefighters removed the two banners, each measuring around 15×3 metres, according to Apple Daily.
The Hong Kong government’s extradition proposal involves a case-by-case system that would allow the city to accept rendition requests from countries with which it had no previous agreement.
Lawyers, journalists, foreign politicians and businesses have raised concerns about how the law may put residents at risk of being extradited to mainland China, whilst democrats have sought to stall the bills progress at the legislature.
The protest is reminiscent of similar pro-democracy banners which appeared during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests.
The pro-democracy League of Social Democrats party later took responsibility for the stunt on their Facebook page.
The next legislative committee meeting on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday morning. However, both the pro-Beijing side and democrats are set to hold competing meetings, owing to a split over who the legitimate temporary chairperson may be.
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