Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s security chief John Lee Ka-chiu on Wednesday said that the police should not take the blame for the political row over the controversial extradition bill, as he apologized to the public for the rift caused by the government’s handling of the proposal.
The Bill, which was first proposed in February, would allow suspects to be sent to China for trial. It has met massive opposition across the region over concerns by human rights organizations that it would allow activists, non-profit workers and journalists be tried under a Chinese judicial system which offers no guarantees. Massive protests forced the government to announce on Saturday the suspension of the highly divisive bill. Despite the announcement, another mass protest went ahead on Sunday, attended by nearly 2 million people, according to organisers.
Lee was grilled by opposition lawmakers during a question and answer session at the Legislative Council on the government’s refusal to withdraw the bill and the police’s alleged use of excessive force during last week’s clashes. (IANS)