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2019-04-29
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Pro-democracy leaders and rights activists in Hong Kong warned on Monday that more mass demonstrations like Sunday's rally against changes to the city's extradition law are likely if the government presses ahead in the face of public opposition.

The warnings came after tens of thousands of people took to the city's streets in protest over the amendments which would allow rendition of criminal suspects to mainland China in the absence of an extradition agreement.

In scenes reminiscent of the 2014 democracy movement, many protesters carried yellow umbrellas and called for chief executive Carrie Lam's resignation over the amendments.

"No to rendition to China!" they shouted, using wording that puns on an expression meaning funeral rites in Cantonese. "Down with the evil law! Drop the amendments to the extradition law!"

March organizers the Civil Human Rights Front said an estimated 130,000 people turned out, and warned that protesters would surround the city's legislature if Lam and her administration ignored the wishes of Hong Kong's people.

"If the government doesn't want to withdraw the amendment, the Civil Human Rights Front formally announces to the government that we will surround the Legislative Council," the group's vice convenor Figo Chan said.

"We will also organize teams to explain [the amendments and our opposition] to various groups, so as to oppose this amendment together," he said.

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CH. 1: MANDARIN | CANTONESE

CH. 2: VIETNAMESE | BURMESE | KOREAN

CH. 3: KHMER | LAO | UYGHUR

CH. 4: TIBETAN

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