Hong Kong Elders March in Support of Young Demonstrators
Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, marched Wednesday in a show of support for youths at the forefront of monthlong protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.The seniors also slammed the police for their handling of a protest Sunday in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district. That protest was mostly peaceful but ended in mayhem when violent scuffles in a shopping mall saw dozens injured, including a policeman who had a finger bitten off, and over 40 people detained.Veteran actress and singer Deanie Ip joined Wednesday’s demonstration, and said police shouldn’t use heavy-handed tactics against young protesters, who “have no guns” and were peacefully expressing their frustrations.“They are young people and they are doing the right thing. Why are they being mistreated?” she said.Ip and several others held a banner reading “Support youth to protect Hong Kong” as they marched through a financial district. Wearing white tops and black pants, marchers held placards that read “Never give up,” ″Stay together” and “Reject police tyranny.” Some elders in wheelchairs also joined the march.Organizers said about 8,000 people participated in the demonstration.Police Used Batons, Pepper Spray Against Protesters in Hong KongPro-Beijing leader called protesters rioters, threatening charges Hong Kong has been jolted for over a month by a series of large-scale and occasional violent protests amid widespread anger over a proposed extradition law that would send suspects to mainland China to face trials. The bill is seen as a threat to Hong Kong’s freedoms that were guaranteed for 50 years when China took back control of the former British colony in 1997.Even though Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, suspended the bill and declared the legislation “dead,” it failed to placate the protesters, who have demanded Lam’s resignation. Tens of thousands have continued to take... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Hong Kong Elders March in Support of Young Demonstrators, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 17 July
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