Hong Kong legislature cancels meeting amid tension

TOKYO, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council again cancelled its meeting scheduled for Thursday after violent clashes between police and people on the previous day, further pushing back the debate on the controversial extradition bill, official media reported.

In a circular sent to lawmakers, it was stated that Legislative Council President Andrew Leung decided that the “council meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday will not be held Thursday,” according to Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

It also said lawmakers would be notified of the time “once it is determined by the president.” Tens of thousands of people surrounded Legislative Council and the adjacent government headquarters on Wednesday in protest over government plans to amend extradition laws, which would allow the extradition of people, including foreigners living or travelling through Hong Kong, to mainland China for suspected criminal acts.

The demonstration later descended into chaos with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to drive away the protesters.

Many of the roads, within the Council’s vicinity, and the government headquarters remain closed, in addition to a continued heavy police presence around the Council area.

Hong Kong returned to the Chinese rule from British colonial administration in 1997.

Source: Kuwait News Agency