HONG KONG – Parents of a Hong Kong man who applied for his death put up banners against segregated extradition legislation to encourage young people to continue their struggle.
Youth was at the forefront of major rallies against the legislation, which jeopardized Hong Kong because of a wider fear of civil rights erosion in the Chinese territory. Marco Leung banners claimed that the bill should be withdrawn completely, which would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.
“Every brave citizen who accepts the street is doing so because they love Hong Kong,” they said in a message they read Thursday at a public memorial to their son, who died on June 14 at 35 years of age. staying alive can young people continue to speak bravely against the social injustices. ”
The leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, confirmed her attempt to amend the “dead” extradition laws earlier this week but failed to formally withdraw the bills. Activists acted to keep the pressure up until it does so. Many people claim to be successful.
The Chinese government's chief representative in Hong Kong said Thursday that the central government strongly supports Lam to continue to control. Wang Zhimin refused to arrest calls to arrest protesters, saying it would be a "serious challenge to the rule of law in Hong Kong."
“For the recent violent incident series, everyone in Hong Kong, including those who were present, expressed criticism,” he said in a talk with Beijing loyalists in Hong Kong.
Pro-democracy activists sent sunflower and chanted hymns at the memorial to Leung. The name “Raincoat Man” is because of the yellow raincoat he was wearing when he died, but sometimes after Lam announced an unlimited suspension of bills.
Rev Yuen Tin-Yau said at the memorial that Leung was not a martyr but that he wanted to get justice. Yuen urged the people of Hong Kong to “be brave and steady” while making their peaceful efforts so that Leung did not die forever. Apart from Leung, three other young people probably died, including a woman who left a suicide message.
"Mr. Leung died pain for us, but this is the way he spoke against the authorities. What he should have done is already finished. Today, Hong Kong people must speak up, and they must speak with a stronger and stronger voice, ”Yuen said.
The objections to the proposed extradition legislation have expressed concern that Hong Kong is losing its guaranteed freedoms when the British colony returned to China in 1997. The critics are afraid that there would be unfair and political trials on the mainland in China, and that critics would focus on the Communist Party controlled.
Billy Li, a lawyer who stopped the souvenir after attending court, said he shared frustration with the protesters.
“Even when you see the young people breaking into the legislative building to erect their men, I can understand their despair to some extent. So I came here because I felt Mr Leung's way. Each of us is responsible for his death in some way, because we could not stop the bill earlier, before the death of Mr. Leung, ”Li said.
On 1 July, the 22nd anniversary of the return of Hong Kong from Britain to China, the peaceful march of hundreds of thousands of people was shocked by the legislative building of the territory. A few hundred exhibitors fired the building, a spray painting slogan on the walls of the room, passing over furniture and damaging electronic voting systems and fire prevention.
Thousands of people went into the latest rally on Sunday, trying to give their protest message to those on the mainland that the protests are not widely covered by state media.
Associated press participants Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Christopher Bodeen in Beijing, and news assistant Phoebe Lai in Hong Kong contributed to this report.
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