More than a million people turned out for a mammoth protest in Hong Kong opposing plans to allow extradition to the mainland, organizers said Sunday, the largest demonstration since the citys handover to China.
“There are 1,030,000 people at todays march,” an organizer told crowds gathered outside the citys legislature, prompting a cacophony of cheers and applause.
The massive protest took place three days before Hong Kongs government plans to bring the bill to the full legislature, bypassing the committee process, in a bid to win approval by the end of the month.
Hong Kongs leader, Carrie Lam, has pushed forward with the legislation despite widespread criticism from human rights and business groups. Opponents say that Chinas legal system would not guarantee the same rights to defendants as in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
“What can we do to get Carrie Lam to listen to us, how many people have to come out to make her reconsider listening to the public?” said Miu Wong, a 24-year-old office worker who joined the protest.
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