Hong Kong Protesters Forward An MTR Disruption And Workers’ Strike

                                Protesters campaigning for the withdrawal of the controversial Hong Kong extradition bill returned to MTR stations on Friday, dressed in black and urging passengers to disrupt services, students to skip classes and office workers to go on strike.

After causing delays on the MTR on Thursday, demonstrators called for services to be disrupted at Kowloon Tong and Central stations, while hundreds of people dressed in black appeared in a silent protest at Kowloon Tong. Seven members of pro-democracy party Demosisto knelt down at Mei Foo Station at about 9am and, chanted slogans, called for Hongkongers to join the movement, denounced the police’s use of force on protesters, and urged the government to withdraw the bill.

While some passers-by clapped their hands in support, MTR staff milled around nearby, and the police took down the protesters’ personal details.

At Kowloon Tong, Mrs Wong, a 50-year-old social worker, wore a black T-shirt and dark trousers in support of the protesters and in opposition to the legislation.

“I feel dissatisfied with the government’s response,” she said. “There are different voices in this city, but the government does not listen at all.”

The organiser of a march last Sunday estimated more than 1 million people took to the streets to oppose to the bill, while police put the figure at 240,000.
On Wednesday, tens of thousands of protesters surrounded the Legislative Council
and the government headquarters complex in Admiralty in a protest, which the police later said turned into a riot.

Despite the opposition, the city’s leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has said she has no intention of withdrawing the bill, which, if passed, would allow fugitive transfers to jurisdictions the city has not got an extradition arrangement with, such as mainland China.

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