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Beijing loyalists called to liaison office

2019-06-16 HKT 10:24
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  • Rita Fan arrives at the liaison office this morning. Photo: RTHK
    Rita Fan arrives at the liaison office this morning. Photo: RTHK
Following the government's decision to temporarily shelve extradition legislation, local delegates to the National People's Congress and the CCPCC received notices on Saturday night requesting their attendance at Beijing's liaison office.

Many turned up on Sunday morning, including NPC Standing Committee member Tam Yiu-chung, Maria Tam and former WHO chief Margaret Chan.

Meanwhile about 40 supporters of the extradition have marched to the US consulate, calling on Washington not to interfere with Hong Kong affairs.

Stanley Ng of the Federation of Trade Unions said young people had been incited by foreign forces and Hong Kong's opposition camp to take to the streets and ended up in violent clashes. He said he hoped the US can stop such interference.

Earlier on Saturday, the chief Executive Carrie Lam said she was pulling the highly contentious extradition law bill from Legco for the time being, after a week that saw a million-strong protest march and violent battles between demonstrators and the police.

While Beijing had expressed its support for the SAR government's handling of the protests, its liaison office in Hong Kong had been silent on the massive show of public opposition to the bill.