estimated 2 million Hongkongers took to the street to protest against a controversial extradition bill and call for the resignation of the city’s chief executive, another rally was also reportedly staged against “US meddling” in Hong Kong.n the same day that an
This news is brought to us by none other thanChina Daily which reports that the protest was organized by several Hong Kong social and economic groups, including the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) and the Association for Family Reunions, with the goals of “urging US politicians to not interfere with Hong Kong’s extradition agreements and its internal affairs” and “condemning foreign entities for misleading young people in the city.”
It’s not clear from the report how many people actually took part in the demonstration though it’s likely they numbered in the dozens rather than the hundreds of thousands. Participants are said to have been concerned parents who marched outside of the office of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau in Central.
Parents in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region took to the streets on Sunday to urge US politicians to not interfere with the SAR's extradition amendments and its internal affairs. #HongKong
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) June 17, 2019
Over the past week, as hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers have taken to the street over a proposed bill which would allow criminal suspects to be taken to mainland China for trial, Beijing has repeatedly called on foreign countries, officials, and individuals not to interfere with “China’s internal affairs.”
Those accused of interference include a number of prominent US politicians, like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who have put out statements of support for the protesters and have tabled legislation aimed at reaccessing how the US should regard Hong Kong in trade and economic affairs going forward.
China Daily quotes one of the protesters, Stanley Ng Chau-pei, president of the HKFTU, a pro-Beijing labor group, as declaring that it was “despicable” how some US politicians had “repeatedly interfered in the extradition law matter” and contending that foreign entities were partially responsible for the city’s young people participating in an “unlawful assembly that turned into violent clashes and a riot.”
While the state media outlet carried a 496-word article on this tiny protest, it failed to devote any words to covering Sunday’s other march in Hong Kong in which organizers claim that 2 million people participated, a figure that would make it the largest single demonstration the city has seen since its handover to China in 1997. Hong Kong has a population of 7.4 million.
Meanwhile, other articles that China Daily published over the weekend include: “Central government vows ‘resolute support’ for Lam,” “Hong Kong must say no to violence and ‘mobocracy,” and “HK legislation suspension wins support.”