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Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders

Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders

On Saturday, protests broke out again in Hong Kong when demonstrators returned to the streets after the local government withdrew a law to allow Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to China for prosecution.

He praised Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Hong Kong's chief executive, for her efforts, saying she and her team were persevering in "governance in accordance with the law" and that they were "not avoiding hard tasks".

Some protesters at Sunday's event waved banners appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump to "Please liberate Hong Kong" and "Defend our Constitution". The government on the mainland has thus far heavily censored the demonstrations.

For more than a month, Hong Kong has been wracked with protests sparked by Chief Executive Carrie Lam's move to introduce amendments to the existing extradition law.

A police officer attacks protesters holding up umbrellas in Hong Kong Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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The latest protests take place in the wake of huge demonstrations against a proposed extradition bill, in which hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets.

What began as a peaceful protest Saturday in Sheung Shui, an area of Hong Kong close to the border with mainland China, devolved into clashes between demonstrators armed with umbrellas and police wielding batons, pepper spray and shields.

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Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong affairs, but many residents worry about what they see as an erosion of those freedoms and a relentless march toward mainland control.

"If political problems are not solved, social well-being issues will continue to emerge endlessly".

"The government, Carrie Lam, some legislators in functional constituencies are not elected by the people, so there are many escalating actions in different districts to reflect different social issues", he said.

Tens of thousands of protesters staged an anti-extradition march the next day through one of the most popular tourist shopping areas in Kowloon, where they tried to win support from mainland Chinese tourists.

Hong Kong's lack of full democracy was behind the recent unrest, said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organised protests against the extradition bill.

A protester is pulled to safety after he nearly fell from a bridge during a scuffle with police pushing back protesters, in Hong Kong, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Calling on the protesters to support another scheduled agitation in Sha Tin on Sunday, Leung hoped that the Hong Kong government and district council will agree to the six demands raised by the demonstrators, including the cancelling the policy of issuing monthly visas for Shenzhen residents to come to Hong Kong.