Hong Kong lawyers protest proposed extradition law changes

Hong Kong lawyers protest proposed extradition law changes
Hundreds of legal professionals wear black to express their disappointment as they participate in a silent march to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Thursday, June 6, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concerns that this legislation would undermine the city's independent judicial system as it allows Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to the jurisdictions that the city doesn't currently have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China, where a fair trial might not be guaranteed. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of legal professionals dressed in black have joined a silent march in Hong Kong to protest proposed amendments to an extradition law that critics say would erode the territory’s independent legal system.

The lawyers and other legal workers marched Thursday from the Court of Final Appeal to the central government offices.

March organizer Dennis Kwok says the bill would cause “irreparable” damage to the rule of law in Hong Kong.

The amendments have been widely criticized as eroding the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s judicial independence by making it easier to send criminal suspects to mainland China, where they could face vague national security charges and unfair trials.