Two days after over 1 million people protested in the streets of Hong Kong – unsuccessfully – against a proposed extradition bill that would allow Beijing to take people from Hong Kong to stand trial in mainland China on Wednesday morning in a fresh display of defiance against the contentious extradition bill, thousands of protesters started barricading roads and began stopping traffic from accessing the HK legislature on Wednesday morning, as the government’s proposal returns to a full council meeting.
— Jeffie Lam (@jeffielam) June 12, 2019
According to the SCMP, crowds of predominantly young people, some dressed in black and wearing face masks, dragged metal barriers and linked arms, closing off roads surrounding the government building.The protesters had arrived as early as Tuesday night, with some clashing verbally with police over the force’s heavy presence.
Daily commute through Admiralty… pic.twitter.com/cODh0OwJ7d
— Neil Gough (@n_gough) June 12, 2019
Many have skipped work or class to join, in response to numerous online calls for strikes. While the police has refused to engage so far, there were occasional reports of police using pepper spray on some protesters. Meanwhile, the numbers of protesters are expected to grow during the day after some unions called for a strike Wednesday.
Hong Kong at 10:15 a.m., June 12, 2019. Protestors have, once again, overwhelmed a key road in the center of the city as part of protests against a proposed extradition law. pic.twitter.com/uLdARIBdIz
— Natasha Khan (@natashakhanhk) June 12, 2019
Civic groups and organizations mobilized Tuesday, adding to small businesses and groups who called for a general strike and a school boycott to “defend Hong Kong.”
Late Tuesday, the government restricted access to its headquarters, which also houses the legislature. Local media reported that police were planning to deploy 5,000 officers in response to expected protests. Police declined to comment on the figure.
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