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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong visits anti-extradition protesters, as key road is reoccupied

Demosistō leader Joshua Wong visited protesters outside the Hong Kong legislature on Monday in a show of solidarity, hours after being released from prison.

The activist fielded questions from a throng of reporters in front of the Legislative Council building where thousands had gathered the day before to call for the withdrawal of the postponed extradition bill. He said that he was wearing the same clothes he wore when he went to jail on May 16.

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Joshua Wong. Photo: Joshua Wong/Facebook.

Wong’s visit preceded a march to the Chief Executive’s Office – led by pro-democracy legislators Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, Au Nok-hin, and Gary Fan – to demand a dialogue with leader Carrie Lam.

The government said in a statement on Sunday that the city’s leader had apologised, saying she promises to accept criticism amid mass protests over the controversial extradition bill and her leadership.

In February, Hong Kong proposed legal amendments to allow it to handle case-by-case extradition requests from jurisdictions with no prior agreements, most notably China and Taiwan. The bill would enable the chief executive and local courts to handle extradition requests without legislative oversight, although critics have raised concerns over the risk of residents being extradited to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections.

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Anti-extradition march on Sunday, June 16. Photo: inmediahk.net.

Organisers of the protest on Sunday said that nearly two million people attended. Police claimed 338,000 joined the designated walking route at the peak of the demonstration.

‘Dialogue’

Chu said the pan-democrats are in the process of arranging a meeting with Lam but that protesters wanted to conduct talks directly themselves: “These people, they don’t want us to represent them, they want to do the negotiation and the conversation directly,” he said.

The crowd later reoccupied Lung Wo Road – a frequent flashpoint during protests – halting traffic using safety cones and chanting “dialogue.”

The protesters’ latest road occupation came after a mass protest last Wednesday ended in violence as police deployed rubber bullets and tear gas against crowds, in some of the worst violence the city has seen in years.



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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong visits anti-extradition protesters, as key road is reoccupied