Extradition bill rally in Taipei to go on as planned Sunday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/06/15
By: Stacy Hsu

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Taipei, June 15 (CNA) A rally scheduled for Sunday in Taipei to protest a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong will go on as planned and ask Hong Kong authorities to withdraw the bill rather than simply suspend its legislative process, the organizer said Saturday.

The group of Taiwan-based Hong Kong students that organized the rally said in a statement that the move by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's (林鄭月娥) administration to "temporarily suspend" the bill may be nothing but a "semantic ploy."

The group also expressed "extreme outrage" over Lam's justification of the Hong Kong police's perceived violent handling of protesters in large-scale demonstrations Wednesday, accusing her of trying to evade responsibility and condoning police brutality.

"The group's goal remains unchanged and still demands the bill's withdrawal," it said, adding that the rally will take place as planned from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jinan Road outside the Legislative Yuan on Sunday.

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