Hong Kong: Protesters block seat of government, delaying extradition bill reading

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Several big banks in the Asian financial hub, including HSBC, all agreed to flexible work arrangements, according to Hong Kong media.

The Wednesday protest comes three days after a massive rally against the extradition bill, with organizers claiming a million people attending the Sunday event. The police estimated 240,000 participants.

Taiwan worried

Despite the scope of the protests, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam remained defiant and pledged to push through the document which she says closes important “loopholes” in extradition procedure. She also warned the opponents against committing “radical acts” and said her administration was amending the bill to safeguard human rights.

The bill was allegedly prompted by a murder which took place last year, when a Hong Kong man allegedly killed his girlfriend while on holiday in Taiwan. Hong Kong does not have an extradition deal with Taiwan. The new bill would enable extraditions to places like Taiwan and mainland China.

Taiwan authorities, however, are against any change to the extradition law. Hong Kong lawmakers are to attend the second reading of the bill on Wednesday and hold a final vote on June 20.

dj/se (dpa, AFP, Reuters, AP)

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