Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters take message to G20 member embassies

Anti-ELAB bill protesters are urging G20 nations to discuss Hong Kong at this week’s meeting

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Protesters marched to different nation's offices in the city.

More than 1,000 anti-extradition bill protesters held a march on Wedesday to visit the embassies of nations that will be at the Group of 20 meeting in Osaka, Japan. The G20, made up of the world’s top economies, will begin its two-day meeting on June 28. Those protesting against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill want G20 members to discuss the bill at the talks. Beijing has said it would not allow the issue to be raised.

So, in addition to raising money to place adverts in leading newspapers in several countries, protesters walked to the embassies of G20 nations to personally deliver their message. They named the march “Trailwalker”, after the famous hike along the Maclehose trail. At each embassy, they handed over a letter with two requests: that the extradition law be withdrawn; and that an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality be launched.

Hong Kong extradition law: Protesters march to G20 embassies in HK to petition for foreign assistance ahead of Osaka summit 2019

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor met business and community leaders earlier in the week and vowed not to withdraw the bill. She also said she would not allow a special investigation into police action, which has been condemned by human rights group Amnesty International.

She stressed the importance of supporting the police force, maintaining the government’s dignity, defending the city’s rule of law, and beginning a fresh start after the conflicts caused by the bill.

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Elsewhere, The Financial Times reported that sportswear company Nike had to stop the sale of a limited edition shoe in China after the Japanese studio that designed it, Undercover, shared an Instagram post in support of the protests. The studio apologised, but shops on the mainland stopped selling the shoe.