Hong Kong protests continue despite extradition bill withdrawal
The pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6, with people still taking to the streets and some lighting fires as a burning barricade on the city roads.
Police retaliate by firing rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray on Sept. 6 as hundreds of protesters, many of them masked and cladded in black take shelter behind umbrellas and barricades used for street fencing.
The incidents happen two days after the Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that her government would officially withdraw the extradition bill that sparked the summer’s massive demonstrations.
Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists have condemned Lam’s concession as “too little, too late," and unacceptable.
Pro-democracy activist leader Joshua Wong says Lam’s decision has come “too late” and so the protests will continue.
[Joshua Wong, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist]: “So we need to declare that our protest must continue at least until 1st of October, that's China's National Day. … Hong Kong people, we will never stop until Hong Kong is the place with democracy and freedom. Especially with our five demands, we urge government completely withdraw the bill, we demand governments stop arrest and prosecution, not to define protesters as rioters, set up independent inquiry on police brutality, and a final and the most important one is free elections."