2019.05.10 CHRF “Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill” Rally
The Civil Human Rights Front is organizing a “No Bullying of Public Opinion” rally outside the Legislative Council tonight at 8pm to oppose the amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. The crowd said that more than 4,000 people participated. The Civil Human Rights Front said that thousands of people attended the rally while the police said that 1,250 people had gathered at the peak. A number of pan-democrats and Next Media founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying were also present. A large number of police officers were on alert at the scene.
Deputy convener of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), Figo Chan, reiterated that if the government continues to push for legislative amendments, the CHRF will definitely initiate a siege of the Legislative Council. He criticized the government for ignoring public opinion, and the government officials only acted as a “human tape recorder”. But when challenged, they only said that the challenge was “nonsense”, and the pro-establishment camp also ignored the black and white rules of procedure in the legislature.
Democratic Party Chairman Wu Chi-wai described the public’s anger as “exploding” and criticized Chief Executive Carrie Lam for dismissing all Hong Kong people’s worries as “nonsense” and “crazy”. He criticized her again that she would be “useless if she did not die”. He stressed that as Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had the responsibility to protect Hong Kong’s core interests and that Hong Kong would be nothing if it did not even have one country, two systems.
Another party member, Lam Cheuk-ting, stressed that the Bills Committee “chaired” by James To was lawful and constitutional, and that someone from the pro-democracy camp would also attend a meeting of the pro-establishment camp tomorrow (11th) to block any chance for the pro-establishment camp to pass the draconian law.
Mr James To, who was elected “Chairman” of the Bills Committee by the pro-democracy camp, stressed that meetings would continue to be held even if Secretariat staff and pro-establishment members did not attend their meetings.