Hundreds protest in Vancouver against Hong Kong extradition plans

11 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

VANCOUVER: Hundreds of people protested outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on Sunday against controversial plans to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.

“This amendment will affect millions of people, not just Hong Kong people—people around the world,” Mabel Tung, the protest organizer and chair of the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement, told AFP.

Tung, who immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong 40 years ago and has advocated against human rights violations in China, is concerned that activists like her would face the risk of extradition when transiting through Hong Kong if the bill passes.

The demonstrators carried signs against the extradition law and yellow umbrellas as a nod to the series of 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that are known as the “Umbrella Movement.”

Several protesters also held signs calling for the release of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were detained in China after the December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.